Hubby is always making sure various pieces of equipment are unplugged and/or turned off at the mains if ever we got out. This includes kettles, transformers and laptops.
It got a bit tedious, though I do it as matter of course now anyway, but having watched a series of Youtube articles on fires resulting from lithium batteries which are used for electric cars and hybrid vehicles, I see things in a different, and not so tedious, light.
I am glad that Hubby insisted our digital camera did not have a lithium battery, and is run by 2 AAs instead. We have discovered rechargeables don’t work in it, but when the camera is not in use, the battery compartment flap is left open so that there is no connection. If the camera is to be packed away, the batteries are removed completely.
Our laptops both have lithium batteries.
One clip showed what happens when lithium batteries get damaged, and the results were really spectacular, in a horrific sort of way.
Over charging, over heating, or damage to the casing, can result in these batteries exploding and taking off like a rocket.
Imagine this happening to your E cigarette in your pocket, which has actually been captured on film
Anyway, back to vehicles.
According to the internet, lithium batteries in vehicles consist of something like 7000 cells in the Tesla S, BYD has 96, and Nissan Leaf has 140. (source)
Fire departments are training their crews how to put out fires in electric vehicles, and the volumes of water required are staggering. Even when the fire is out, there is a possibility of re-ignition.
Already there are three million electric/hybrid cars on the roads (source), and technology is moving towards this number increasing to a guesstimate of 220M by the year 2030, if they can maintain the supply of nickel, lithium and cobalt.
The problem is not with the cars, but the batteries, especially when alternatives can be sub standard as costs are trying to be reduced.
It just makes me think that there is enough to worry about with bad drivers, but when the car you are driving has a battery that is a potential fire risk, it gives a whole new meaning to death on the road.
This is my personal opinion and thoughts on video clips seen. I am not techno savvy, just concerned with the way the motor industry is going as they try to find alternatives to petrol and diesel driven vehicles. (We loved our Peugeot diesels!)
Note two: update 18.57 3rd March
Hubby has found this which might be of interest.