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Data highlights increase in electric vehicle battery fires in the UK

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Introduction to the UK’s growing issue with EV battery fires

The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) has surged in recent years, leading to an increase in the number of fires caused by EV batteries.

This alarming trend has been highlighted in a recent study conducted by CE Safety, which sheds light on the regions most affected by these fires in the UK during the fiscal year 2022/23.

Regional analysis of electric vehicle battery fires

The study, based on Freedom of Information requests to Fire and Rescue Services, reveals a total of 390 battery fires related to EVs.

This marks a significant rise from the data collected over the previous five years (2017-2022).

Greater London emerged as the most affected region with 219 battery fires, a dramatic increase compared to other regions.

Lancashire and Merseyside followed, with 16 and 14 EV battery fires, respectively.

Notably, five regions including Cheshire and Gloucestershire reported zero EV-related battery fires.

Insight into electric vehicle types most prone to battery fires

The types of EVs experiencing these fires have also evolved.

Electric bikes topped the list with 160 incidents, a stark contrast to the previous five-year period where electric cars were more prone to battery fires.

This shift highlights the changing landscape of EV usage and the associated risks.

Preventative measures and safety tips

With the rise in EV usage, understanding the risks associated with lithium batteries, which power these vehicles, becomes critical.

Lithium batteries are sensitive to high temperatures and prone to overheating, posing a fire risk.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service offers crucial advice to mitigate these risks, including charging vehicles outside, ensuring smoke alarms are fitted, and avoiding overnight charging.

Find the full breakdown report here.

IFSJ Comment

The report from CE Safety underscores a growing concern in the realm of fire safety: the increase in electric vehicle battery fires.

This trend is particularly worrying given the rapid adoption of EVs as a sustainable transport solution.

The detailed regional analysis provides valuable insights for fire and safety professionals, highlighting the need for enhanced awareness and preventative measures.

The shift in the types of vehicles most affected, from cars to electric bikes, reflects the evolving nature of EV use and underscores the importance of adapting safety protocols accordingly.

As we embrace new technologies, it’s crucial to remain vigilant about the associated risks and ensure that safety remains a top priority.

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