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Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder Comments on Recent Tesla Fires on KPIX

After responding to a Tesla vehicle battery pack that caught fire, Santa Clara fire officials say they are still learning how to handle electric vehicle fires. “The heat and the fire is actually inside the cells inside the batteries, so it’s very hard to get the water and the cooling to that,” explained the Lab’s Gerbrand Ceder. Unlike a regular fire, Ceder says, it’s the chemicals inside the batteries that are producing the heat in these cases. More>