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U.S. safety board urges automakers to improve EV fire response guides
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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged automakers on Wednesday to improve electric vehicle emergency response guides that lack clear information and hamper efforts to extinguish lithium-ion battery fires. The recommendations follow a series of NTSB investigations into four Tesla electric vehicle battery fires on U.S. roads in 2017 and 2018, including three high-speed crashes in which the lithium-ion battery reignited after firefighters extinguished fires. NTSB said "most manufacturers’ emergency response guides for fighting high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires lack necessary, vehicle-specific details on suppressing the fires." Tesla and a group representing nearly all other major automakers did not immediately comment. The agency added that "in addition to hampering efficient extinguishing of ...Read More on Datafloq
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