As the nation transitions to electric transportation, fires have shadowed new technology — from the scrappiest e-bikes to the fanciest Teslas.
Fires are an additional challenge for the electro-mobility industry, which already faces cost concerns and infrastructure issues. Not only are these high-profile blazes claiming lives, they risk turning electric progress to ash.
In April 2022, a Tesla vehicle ignited after hitting a tree in New Hampshire and later rekindled in a tow lot. In August 2022, BMW recalled certain BMW i4 and BMW iX vehicles because of fire risk from batteries.