A brand new video obtained by CNBC provides us a primary take a look at the fireplace that engulfed a set of Ford F-150 Lightnings in a Dearborn, Michigan, holding lot earlier this yr. This closely edited model of the video exhibits police arriving on the scene as smoke billows from a bunch of electrical vehicles tucked at the back of the lot.
Along with acquiring bodycam and dashcam footage from Michigan law enforcement officials, CNBC additionally obtained pictures of the aftermath of the fireplace by way of a separate FOIA (Freedom of Info Act) request. These photographs present simply how devasting the blaze actually was, with flames leaving one truck only a shell of what it was earlier than — its doorways fully incinerated and a tire midway melted into the bottom. One other picture exhibits how the flames ate by way of a truck’s quarter panel, exposing the wiring beneath.
It’s nonetheless not clear how lengthy the blaze went on, however the timestamps on CNBC’s footage recommend it at the least lasted between 3:36PM and 4:22PM ET. Electrical automobile fires are notoriously troublesome to place out, with an knowledgeable telling CNBC that they typically burn hotter, sooner, and wish extra water to place out.
“Along with SK On, we confirmed the basis causes and swiftly applied high quality actions,” Ford tells CNBC. “The Rouge Electrical Car Middle has been again up and operating since March 13 and is again to full manufacturing and transport autos to clients.” Ford didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.
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