Battery-Powered Transit Bus Spontaneously Explodes in Paris, France
Readers have heard of Teslas spontaneously exploding while on the road, while charging, while parked in a private garage, while parked in a commercial garage, while parked at a street curb, over the years (read: here)
Last Friday, a video surfaced online of a battery-powered bus of public transport operator RATP, bursting into flames within seconds in Paris, France.
AFP announced all of its 149 electric buses, at about $1 million each, including charging systems, manufactured by Bollore SA, have been taken off the road.
"The bus driver immediately evacuated all the passengers. Nobody was hurt," RATP said.
The city's fire department said the blaze took 30 firefighters to extinguish.
This is not the first time one of RATP buses caught fire.
On April 4, 2022, in central Paris, another battery bus had a similar explosion.
In both incidents, IN ONE MONTH, there were no injuries.
The video is shocking, because it shows only a few seconds for the lithium batteries to ignite, giving occupants inside the bus just a few seconds to exit.
Battery-powered buses will need to be redesigned with many doors, so passenger/children can exit the bus in a few seconds.
First responders, i.e., firemen, EMTs, etc., in many parts of the world aren't adequately prepared, nor trained, to handle lithium battery fires amid the proliferation of EVs on streets and highways.
It takes 20+ tons of water to extinguish a Tesla vehicle battery fire.
A combustion engine needs, on average, 3 tons of water to extinguish.
Battery-Powered Bus Article with Some Technical Explanations
It is misleading to call these “Lithium-Ion” batteries. They should really be called “Lithium-Hexafluorophosphate” batteries — to draw attention to the highly toxic HF gas and acid exposure when these batteries ignite or explode.
The electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries is typically lithium hexafluorophosphate. This is the source of the fluorine in the 1) hydrogen fluoride gas (vapor or mist or smoke) and 2) hydrofluoric acid. Both are ejected during thermal runaway or fire or explosion.
Here are some good references to enhance your battery system awareness
CHEVY BOLT CATCHES FIRE WHILE CHARGING ON DRIVEWAY IN VERMONT
ELECTRIC TRANSIT AND SCHOOL BUS SYSTEMS REDUCE LITTLE CO2, ARE NOT COST-EFFECTIVE
HERE IS AN EXCELLENT EXPLANATION REGARDING EV CHARGING AT 32F OR LESS
POOR ECONOMICS AND MINIMAL CO2 REDUCTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN NEW ENGLAND
BATTERY SYSTEM CAPITAL COSTS, OPERATING COSTS, ENERGY LOSSES, AND AGING