- Sep 17, 2008
People worry about battery fres for good reason. There have been numerous battery fires in EVs, even though they're claimed to be safer than gasoline vehicles. The thing is that these batteries sometimes catch fire for no good reason, in garages or whatever, while the typical gasoline fire occurs as the result of an accident rupturing the tank. And no, Hollywood is not a good source of proof of the dangers of gasoline.People worry about fire hazards with lithium batteries or hydrogen. Gasoline is very hazardous, but of course we're used to it. Neither hydrogen nor lithium batteries pour out on the ground and spread all over the place. I suppose a big hydrogen leak indoors could cause an impressive flashover, maybe even worse than the kind you get from a smoldering couch.