Electric vehicle/lithium battery fires

FOI Number: 22065

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Published on 5 July 2022

Ref: FOI/22065


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 16th June 2022

Please find below a summary of our findings.


A) How many electric vehicle / lithium battery fires have been tackled since 2017? (Five years + 2022)

Please present the findings by year:

2022 (so far - Jan-June)

B) Please show the types of vehicles in the data. (EG, cars, bikes, scooters etc)


Please see table below:

veh type201720182019202020212022  to end of May
Bus / Coach1     
Caravan not on tow1     
Motorcycle (incl. mopeds / scooters)  1 

Please note this may include hybrid vehicles as we have no ‘hybrid’ fuel type so it’s possible they could be recorded as electric. I have excluded the fire in 2022 which was caused by a separate fire spreading to a vehicle.

These are not necessarily battery fires, in only one incident was “Apparatus – batteries, generators” recorded as the source of ignition.


C) Has the service issued any advice, guidance or warnings around the subject of electric battery vehicle and fires?


WMFS has not issued any advice, guidance or warnings around the subject of electric battery vehicle and fires.


 D) Did any of the incidents result in significant damage or injury?


No injuries have been recorded.

On three occasions the extent of the damage was the whole vehicle

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