Electric vehicle (EV) drivers should pay more in insurance to cover the cost of fighting battery fires, which are harder to put out, says Greg Smith, a Member of the UK Parliament who serves on the Transport Committee.
Smith noted that fire services have had to spend seven-figure sums on submerged tanks for fires involving lithium-ion batteries, which presents a unique challenge for fire brigades, according to report at the telegraph.
“It doesn’t have to be amazing to work out that one of these things is a seven-figure capital expenditure, by the time every car on the road is battery-electric, even if you have 0.1 percent to set themselves on fire you’re going to need more than one tank,” Smith said.
The UK Member of Parliament said that taxpayers would eventually foot the bill for the fire equipment, but that the insurance companies would be responsible for doing so.
“Something we need to be looking at is cost recovery for the public sector, particularly the fire service,” Smith said.
“Just as there is a precedent of insurance companies paying for medical issues that arise from road accidents, for example, I think that’s the way you would solve the problem of who pays to put out electrical fires,” he said.
As Breitbart News previously reported, fires involving electric vehicles are considered difficult to control, and present a new challenge for firefighters.
Last year, electric vehicles that caught fire in Florida after being submerged during Hurricane Ian presented firefighters with a “new challenge” that they “hadn’t faced before,” noted Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer and state fire marshal.
“Many EVs have been disabled since Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale,” Patronis said at the time.
Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative MP in the United Kingdom, noted that a car yard near his area was full of burned-out electric cars, according to the telegraph report.
“It’s really hard to put out electric car fires because the lithium batteries, when they take on water, honestly don’t,” Mackinlay said. “You just let them burn out. The amount of noxious fumes coming out of them is really serious.”