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      06-25-2020, 05:29 PM   #1
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330e catches fire in the Czech Republic, reportedly while charging

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Wednesday evening 330e caught fire in dealership near Prague, Czech Republic. Firefighters put it in water tank just to be sure. It will stay there for a few days. Not much info what really happened, but it looks like it started burning while on charging. More info in Czech https://www.hzscr.cz/clanek/pri-poza...ova-skoda.aspx

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      06-25-2020, 07:48 PM   #2
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      06-25-2020, 09:09 PM   #3
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Right after a little wet vacuuming.
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Slightly worrying! Hope this was cos he didn't put his cigarette out while transporting his barbecue logs.
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      06-26-2020, 11:02 AM   #5
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Let's just hope BMW investigates and finds the cause. If it was a one of malfunctioning or a general flaw that needs some kind of action
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      06-28-2020, 03:55 AM   #6
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Petrol-engined cars catch fire sometimes (it's happened to me whilst driving). Unless there's clear statistical data which shows it's happening more to PHEV vehicles, then this wouldn't cause me any concern.
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      06-28-2020, 05:06 AM   #7
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It was probably Richard Hammond's, he knows a thing or two about EV fires
Too bad it wasn't an SE model...
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      06-29-2020, 06:24 AM   #8
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SOOoooooo

Part out?
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      06-29-2020, 12:32 PM   #9
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Petrol-engined cars catch fire sometimes (it's happened to me whilst driving). Unless there's clear statistical data which shows it's happening more to PHEV vehicles, then this wouldn't cause me any concern.
+1 I am not particularly worried.
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Did you try putting it in rice ?
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Probably a Tesla owner set it on fire.
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The joys of lithium batteries.

The industry needs to quickly abandon them and move towards far more efficient solid state batteries.
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Petrol-engined cars catch fire sometimes (it's happened to me whilst driving). Unless there's clear statistical data which shows it's happening more to PHEV vehicles, then this wouldn't cause me any concern.
Statistics show plug-in vehicles catch fire much more often when you consider the cases as a percentage of vehicles on the road, and if they're occupied or not. Unlike plug ins; gasoline and diesel personal automobiles rarely spontaneously combust when not being used.

People have to be nuts to charge a vehicle inside an attached garage. It's borderline reckless IMO.
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The joys of lithium batteries.

The industry needs to quickly abandon them and move towards far more efficient solid state batteries.
Solid state batteries along the lines of what you need for an automotive application are significantly more expensive than LiIon. People are working on it as it's just a better technology, but right now they're far too expensive to mass produce in a car.

...unless of course you want your EV/PHEV to cost 3-5x what it does now.
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Petrol-engined cars catch fire sometimes (it's happened to me whilst driving). Unless there's clear statistical data which shows it's happening more to PHEV vehicles, then this wouldn't cause me any concern.
Agree it doesn't cause concern with a one-off case, but one could argue they would rather a car catch fire while driving than if it's plugged in and unattended at home (survival rate for a vehicle fire is greater than that of a home fire).
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Lol at the M badge on a burnt PHEV car.
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Statistics show plug-in vehicles catch fire much more often when you consider the cases as a percentage of vehicles on the road, and if they're occupied or not. Unlike plug ins; gasoline and diesel personal automobiles rarely spontaneously combust when not being used.

People have to be nuts to charge a vehicle inside an attached garage. It's borderline reckless IMO.
I assume you're not familiar with Ford products then?
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