Electric & hybrid vehicle fires – are you prepared?

In a lithium-ion battery the electrolyte usually contains hydrocarbon solvents which fuels the fire. If unchecked extremely high temperatures of over 1,000°C+ can be produced.

By deploying a ‘Fire Cloak’ Electric Vehicle Fire Blanket by Prosol UK the combustion potential is minimised by depriving the fire of oxygen. And because the fire is controlled, temperatures drop rapidly which prevents damage to surrounding vehicles and property.

‘Fire Cloak’ Electric Vehicle Fire Blankets are manufactured from specialised quartz material with a silicon polymer coating.

This combination of high-tech fabric engineering provides continuous temperature resistance up to 1,000°C and spikes of 1,600°C.

The most common form of fire in electric or hybrid vehicles is when the high energy battery is damaged, or a manufacturing fault causes the battery to go into “Thermal Runaway”. This is when a cell short circuits and the heat generated starts a fire. This, in turn, creates a “domino effect” and the fire spreads from cell to cell.

Thermal runaway fires cannot be extinguished by conventional means.