As hybrid and electric cars rise in popularity throughout the U.S., so does the prospect of car fires stemming from the lithium-ion batteries that power “green” engines. Firefighters in Mountain View, California, responded last week to an electric car battery fire. According to the Mountain View Voice, the car’s engine had been converted from a conventional combustion engine to all-electric. For unknown reasons, a lithium-ion battery in the engine overheated to about 500 degrees, casting a plume of noxious smoke. It was the first electric car battery fire the Mountain View Fire Department had to battle, the Mountain View Voice ... Read More
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