Does a crashed elec­tric ve­hi­cle pose a fire or elec­tro­cu­tion risk?

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q & A - RM

De­spite their green image, lithium bat­ter­ies can turn pretty nasty if dam­aged. In elec­tric ve­hi­cles, they are sur­rounded by coolant. If that leaks out, the bat­ter­ies can heat up and catch fire. They also con­tain elec­tric charge, and emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel have to avoid touch­ing or cut­ting into the high-volt­age units as the con­se­quences can be deadly. Ve­hi­cle de­sign­ers have worked hard to re­duce the fire and elec­tro­cu­tion risks, but they’ve not elim­i­nated them.

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