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Aug 5, 2022 10:32:50   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
 
Electric Jaguar I-Pace Catches Fire While Charging, Reduced to Ashes in Middle of Road

An electric Jaguar I-Pace car spontaneously caught fire and burned down to ashes in June.

The Florida-based vehicle owner told Elecktrek that he had left his car plugged into the charger on June 16 before he went to sleep.

The following day, Gonzalo Salazar returned to take the vehicle on a few errands — driving for around 12 miles — before he returned home and put the vehicle back in the garage.

When Salazar headed inside, he began hearing pops from the garage. Curious about the strange noise, he went to the garage, only to see thick smoke emanating from within.

“My thought immediately was, ‘When there is smoke, there is fire,’ and I need to get the car out of the house garage,” Salazar said in his email to Elecktrek.

Listening to his instinct, he drove the smoking vehicle out of the garage and onto the street in front of his home.

He then headed back inside to grab his phone and call Jaguar roadside assistance to take the vehicle to safety.

“When I ended the conversation with them there were more pops, but this time it was followed by fire from under the car. I then called 911 to come help with the situation,” Salazar wrote.

“But this was not a slow burn, once the fire started there were multiple pops, and the car was just engulfed in flames rapidly.”

Firefighters responding to the scene used flame retardant to douse the flames.

“There was debris flying everywhere so I kept my distance,” Salazar said.

“After the fire department poured a special foam fire suppressant for what seemed a long time, the car was still making a humming sound coming from the front of the car.”

By the time the fire was put out, the vehicle was reduced to ash, with only some parts near the hood remaining partly burned, pictures shared by Elecktrek showed.

“My insurance company sent a forensic specialist, did their investigation and declared the car a total loss,” Salazar said, according to the outlet.

“Jaguar, on the other hand, is not being helpful at all, stating they need to complete their own investigation, but because of the risk of igniting the fire once again, they are unable to find a place where they can lift the car up, therefore their ‘investigation’ is on hold, and they are not taking any responsibility for what happened,” he said.

According to Elecktrek, the battery in Salazar’s car is the fourth such I-Pace battery to spontaneously catch fire.

Although according to the outlet, electric vehicle fires aren’t as prevalent as gasoline-based vehicle fires; however, electric vehicle battery fires are much harder to put out.

I-Pace vehicles use LG pouch battery cells. LG Chem battery cells have previously caused fires due to a defect in them in Chevrolet Bolt vehicles, forcing Chevrolet and Hyundai to issue product recalls to replace the batteries.

When asked by Electrek about any links between the four I-Pace fires and the LG batteries, Jaguar responded with a general statement that did not address the question.

“Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is committed to our customers’ safety, and we are aware of this I-PACE incident in Boynton Beach, Florida.”

“We have been in contact with and are cooperating with the customer’s insurance company expert regarding a vehicle inspection. JLRNA is unable to comment further on your questions until the investigation is completed.”

https://ijr.com/electric-jaguar-pace-catches-fire-charging/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=ijr-breaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=firefly



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Aug 5, 2022 10:50:32   #
agatemaggot Loc: waterloo iowa
 
Very fortunate he could get it moved out of the garage before it lit up, that looks like it was pretty intense !

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Aug 5, 2022 10:54:42   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
Electric Jaguar I-Pace Catches Fire While Charging, Reduced to Ashes in Middle of Road

An electric Jaguar I-Pace car spontaneously caught fire and burned down to ashes in June.

The Florida-based vehicle owner told Elecktrek that he had left his car plugged into the charger on June 16 before he went to sleep.

The following day, Gonzalo Salazar returned to take the vehicle on a few errands — driving for around 12 miles — before he returned home and put the vehicle back in the garage.

When Salazar headed inside, he began hearing pops from the garage. Curious about the strange noise, he went to the garage, only to see thick smoke emanating from within.

“My thought immediately was, ‘When there is smoke, there is fire,’ and I need to get the car out of the house garage,” Salazar said in his email to Elecktrek.

Listening to his instinct, he drove the smoking vehicle out of the garage and onto the street in front of his home.

He then headed back inside to grab his phone and call Jaguar roadside assistance to take the vehicle to safety.

“When I ended the conversation with them there were more pops, but this time it was followed by fire from under the car. I then called 911 to come help with the situation,” Salazar wrote.

“But this was not a slow burn, once the fire started there were multiple pops, and the car was just engulfed in flames rapidly.”

Firefighters responding to the scene used flame retardant to douse the flames.

“There was debris flying everywhere so I kept my distance,” Salazar said.

“After the fire department poured a special foam fire suppressant for what seemed a long time, the car was still making a humming sound coming from the front of the car.”

By the time the fire was put out, the vehicle was reduced to ash, with only some parts near the hood remaining partly burned, pictures shared by Elecktrek showed.

“My insurance company sent a forensic specialist, did their investigation and declared the car a total loss,” Salazar said, according to the outlet.

“Jaguar, on the other hand, is not being helpful at all, stating they need to complete their own investigation, but because of the risk of igniting the fire once again, they are unable to find a place where they can lift the car up, therefore their ‘investigation’ is on hold, and they are not taking any responsibility for what happened,” he said.

According to Elecktrek, the battery in Salazar’s car is the fourth such I-Pace battery to spontaneously catch fire.

Although according to the outlet, electric vehicle fires aren’t as prevalent as gasoline-based vehicle fires; however, electric vehicle battery fires are much harder to put out.

I-Pace vehicles use LG pouch battery cells. LG Chem battery cells have previously caused fires due to a defect in them in Chevrolet Bolt vehicles, forcing Chevrolet and Hyundai to issue product recalls to replace the batteries.

When asked by Electrek about any links between the four I-Pace fires and the LG batteries, Jaguar responded with a general statement that did not address the question.

“Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC is committed to our customers’ safety, and we are aware of this I-PACE incident in Boynton Beach, Florida.”

“We have been in contact with and are cooperating with the customer’s insurance company expert regarding a vehicle inspection. JLRNA is unable to comment further on your questions until the investigation is completed.”

https://ijr.com/electric-jaguar-pace-catches-fire-charging/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=ijr-breaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=firefly
Electric Jaguar I-Pace Catches Fire While Charging... (show quote)


Nice, you should post photos every time a gas vehicle catches fire.. much ado about nothing..

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Aug 5, 2022 11:23:29   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
 
permafrost wrote:
Nice, you should post photos every time a gas vehicle catches fire.. much ado about nothing..


Permy I just thought that other people might be interested in that story...I don't really give a shit as to what you think of it..go back to sleep!!

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Aug 5, 2022 11:50:02   #
okie don
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
Permy I just thought that other people might be interested in that story...I don't really give a shit as to what you think of it..go back to sleep!!


Thanks for the post Sailor.
Interesting...
Wonder what Jaguar will conclude, if anything.
If that's the 4th car to burn sounds like they got a product liability problem.

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Aug 5, 2022 12:01:05   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
 
okie don wrote:
Thanks for the post Sailor.
Interesting...
Wonder what Jaguar will conclude, if anything.
If that's the 4th car to burn sounds like they got a product liability problem.


I use an electric scooter but that's as far as I'm gonna go for being all electric. Now the stupid Biden administration is spending money to go all electric for school busses. I don't think this would be safe for the kids especially in cold climates like Iowa.

Since I drive an EV...AOC would be proud of me and probably thinks I am trying to date her.



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Aug 5, 2022 12:07:10   #
CarryOn
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
I use an electric scooter but that's as far as I'm gonna go for being all electric. Now the stupid Biden administration is spending money to go all electric for school busses. I don't think this would be safe for the kids especially in cold climates like Iowa.

Since I drive an EV...AOC would be proud of me and probably thinks I am trying to date her.
I use an electric scooter but that's as far as I'm... (show quote)


Cool, sailor! Looks to me like aoc would easily fit on your home-made trailer if you wanted to take her to the drive-in theater. But my guess would be you'd prefer to tote the two cases of beer instead. Am I right?

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Aug 5, 2022 12:10:38   #
microphor Loc: Home is TN
 
permafrost wrote:
Nice, you should post photos every time a gas vehicle catches fire.. much ado about nothing..


Yeah, don't say anything, we wouldnt want manufacturers to address a potential death sentence!

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Aug 5, 2022 12:10:59   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
 
CarryOn wrote:
Cool, sailor! Looks to me like aoc would easily fit on your home-made trailer if you wanted to take her to the drive-in theater. But my guess would be you'd prefer to tote the two cases of beer instead. Am I right?


You got that right plus even though the beer would be ice cold it would be warmer than AOC. I doubt if AOC would like me. I have a cat named Roscoe and she is probably smarter than AOC.



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Aug 5, 2022 12:14:59   #
CarryOn
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
You got that right plus even though the beer would be ice cold it would be warmer than AOC. I doubt if AOC would like me. I have a cat named Roscoe and she is probably smarter than AOC.
You got that right plus even though the beer would... (show quote)


... without a doubt!

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Aug 5, 2022 12:15:33   #
okie don
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
I use an electric scooter but that's as far as I'm gonna go for being all electric. Now the stupid Biden administration is spending money to go all electric for school busses. I don't think this would be safe for the kids especially in cold climates like Iowa.

Since I drive an EV...AOC would be proud of me and probably thinks I am trying to date her.
I use an electric scooter but that's as far as I'm... (show quote)


Hopefully, it won't catch on fire Sailor.

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Aug 5, 2022 12:25:48   #
tbutkovich
 
Gonna cost them some big money if someone’s house burns to the ground and more if the driver and his family get consumed in the fire!

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Aug 5, 2022 12:27:05   #
Oldsailor65 Loc: Iowa
 
okie don wrote:
Hopefully, it won't catch on fire Sailor.


Another thing they don't mention about AV's is the terrain that it is driven on. It will achieve more distance on level ground than in a hilly or mountainous environment. I found this out from using my scooter........Maybe a purchaser of an EV should practice with a scooter first.

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Aug 5, 2022 12:27:55   #
CarryOn
 
tbutkovich wrote:
Gonna cost them some big money if someone’s house burns to the ground and more if the driver and his family get consumed in the fire!


They'll just blame it on putin ... or trump.

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Aug 5, 2022 12:29:20   #
Kevyn
 
Oldsailor65 wrote:
Permy I just thought that other people might be interested in that story...I don't really give a shit as to what you think of it..go back to sleep!!


There are over two hundred thousand vehicle fires in the US each year. Vehicles powered by gasoline are statistically far more likely to burn than electric cars.

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