- There have been several recent spontaneous combustion battery fires in electric commercial and school buses. There have also been spontaneous combustion battery fires in electric vehicles. So far, the buses and most cars have been empty or the drivers have escaped the cars so no fatalities or injuries have occurred. However, these battery fires have randomly occurred and are an overwhelming threat hanging over electric vehicle use.
- What criteria and standards were used to select electric school buses. It appears being green, meaning electric, and not producing diesel fumes were the criteria. The selection. criteria and cost benefit analysis should be made public.
- Was the fire possibility even considered? Are random spontaneous fires acceptable? If not, why aren’t the bus manufacturers and operating companies required to perform tests and possible modifications to ensure the spontaneous fire possibility is minimized.
- Parents placing children on these buses should know the specific actions being taken to minimize a fire.
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