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Half of Fire Departments Said to Be Ill-Prepared for E-Car Fires

  • U.S. NTSB releases survey on battery fires in broader probe
  • A Tesla Model X caught fire three times after 2018 crash
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Half of U.S. fire departments have no protocols in place to fight fires that break out in the growing number of battery-powered vehicles on the road, according to accident investigators.

Only a quarter of fire departments have dedicated training for fighting blazes involving the electric vehicles, according to the survey released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.