DETROIT — After Hurricane Idalia pummeled Florida in August, about 300 flood-damaged Teslas were sold during an insurance auction.
Within days, two burned to the ground, said Dalan Zartman, COO of Energy Security Agency, a Piqua, Ohio, company that trains first responders to combat EV fires.
Those developments underscored what Zartman and others on a panel last week at The Battery Show said is the most pressing issue with EV safety: Fire departments, emergency responders, insurance companies, consumers and others are ill-equipped to handle EV fires.
Safety was top of mind at the show, which attracted nearly 800 exhibitors to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, northwest of Detroit. Almost every row on the convention floor showcased thermal management products.