Jaguar I-Pace burns down after charging overnight in another scary EV fire incident
The fact that even modern electric cars can still pose a certain fire risk was recently illustrated by a video showing an electric BMW i3, whose rear axle caught fire during a test drive on a Chinese highway. However, the latest EV fire in the US state of Florida turned out to be little bit more dramatic. It involved another European make, this time it was an electric car made by the British automaker Jaguar.
More specifically, an accident-free Jaguar I-Pace caught fire in mid-June while it was parked in a residential garage. The owner of the EV, Gonzalo Salazar, charged his electric car overnight and took it on a short 12-mile trip prior to the incident. Shortly after he returned home, he was alerted by loud popping noises, which led him to discover the dense smoke that was developing in his garage. Although the EV was already on fire at that point, Salazar still decided to drive the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace out of his garage in order to save his home from the flames.
More pictures and a short video clip of the electric car fire can be found over at Electrek. The video for example shows that the progressing fire caused a few smaller explosions, which indicate that the LG battery cells in the Jaguar I-Pace might have been the culprit. Unfortunately, this EV fire no longer seems to be an isolated case, since at least three other Jaguar I-Pace have also gone up in flames under similar circumstances according to Electrek.
In consideration of the comparatively low sales numbers of this specific electric car model, it can’t be ruled out that a possible battery manufacturing error caused these disconcerting EV fires. But for the time being, the British automaker has only announced that it will thoroughly inspect the Jaguar I-Pace before releasing any further statements regarding the possible cause of this fire.