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May 16, 2019 10:21 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 11:32 pm

‘We cannot keep up’: Port Moody firefighters call for more training after electric vehicle fire

By Simon Little and Jennifer Palma Global News
Global News Hour at 6: Dramatic video surfaces of a close call for a Port Moody man involving an SUVx
 

WATCH: Something went wrong as he was pulling his boat out of the water. And as Jennifer Palma reports, it's serving as a cautionary tale.

Firefighters in Port Moody say they need more training on how to deal with electric vehicle emergencies in the wake of a sudden car fire after an SUV plunged into the ocean on Wednesday.

The dramatic scene at the Rocky Point boat launch was captured on video.

The driver of an SUV narrowly escaped being run over by his own vehicle after it rolled backwards into the water while he was trying to lift the propeller on his boat.

But it’s what happened next that has first responders concerned.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5287301/we-can-not-keep-up-port-moody-firefighters-call-for-more-training-after-electric-vehicle-fire/

READ MORE: Video captures SUV nearly crush man as boat, trailer roll into ocean at Rocky Point boat launch

After sitting in the water for about two hours, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle was towed onto shore, where a fire broke out on the undercarriage.

Bruce Gray was there and said the fire was intense.

“You could see molten stuff falling off the bottom,” he said.

WATCH: Rocky Point boat accident caught on video

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“I guess the batteries were melting down, and disintegrating.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but one theory is that the vehicle’s battery reacted with the salt water.

 
<img class="story-img" src="https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/boat-fire-e1558040467834.jpg?quality=70&strip=all&w=512" alt="Pictures show the car rescued from the water catching on fire after getting salvaged."> Pictures show the car rescued from the water catching on fire after getting salvaged.

Pictures show the car rescued from the water catching on fire after getting salvaged

“Approximately three quarters of the way up the ramp we heard a big explosion. It sounded like a tire blowing and we investigated that. It was not what the cause was,” said Port Moody deputy fire chief Kirk Heaven.

“Just after that we started to notice smoke.”

READ MORE: Video captures B.C. driver’s wheel falling off, bouncing through traffic

Ron Burton, with the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, said a fire of this nature is highly unusual.

“Most vehicles, even gas powered ones, don’t get submerged like that so this is an exceptional situation,” he said.

But Heaven said that the incident has the department concerned.

“For the electric vehicle, hybrid vehicle, the technology changes so quickly we cannot keep up with it,” he said.

In a statement to Global News, Mitsubishi Canada said it was very concerned about the incident and that it would be seeking more information.

Port Moody police continue to investigate the incident and are trying to determine how the vehicle ended up rolling backwards.

The 45-year-old driver escaped with minor injuries.

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I see re-charging stations in parking lots and shopping centres but never see any cars getting a charge.

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I see them all the time.  There is a Tesla Supecharger near me with 16 spaces.  on several occasions I have seen more than half of them full.  We have 2 spaces at my office one of which is always in use.  The ones at the airport always have cars attached.

People are usin them 

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I pass by a large one on the 401 on a regular basis. In the last two years I have seen only THREE cars using the lot. Meanwhile the rest sit there and age out!!

 

What an absolute utter waste of taxpayers $$$

 

“ Wilcox says he knows of at least TWO Ingersoll residents who already have electric vehicles. “ 

 

 

http://www.heartfm.ca/news/local-news/ingersoll-gets-countys-second-electric-vehicle-charge-station/

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We are behind the times....(geography, climate could be responsible)....was in Los Angeles recently...I have never seen so many  Tesla’s and hybrids.

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There are at least 5 Teslas and a couple of Nissan Leafs in my immediate Neighborhood.  The Tesla Superchargers cost the taxpayers exactly ZERO to install and operate.  That expense is borne by Tesla.

As I said the one I see all the time is just off the 401 and has had crs in it every time I have gone by.

Everyone I know who has gone electric loves it.

 

 

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13 hours ago, boestar said:

The ones at the airport always have cars attached

Is that because they are the closest parking spots to the terminal?

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9 minutes ago, Fido said:

Is that because they are the closest parking spots to the terminal?

or is the charging free?

 

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free charging but theey are off at the discount parking lot away from the terminal

 

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