RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST
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 type||2017||2018||2019||2020||2021||2022 to end of May|
|Bus / Coach||1|
|Caravan not on tow||1|
|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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