fires caused by electric vehicle batteries,

FOI Number: FOI23094

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Freedom of Information

Published on 1 September 2023

Ref: FOI/23094


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 24th July 2023

Please find below a summary of our findings.


write to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information from you regarding the statistics surrounding the number of fires caused by electric vehicle batteries, broken down by the specific type of vehicle & city/town this occurred in throughout the past fiscal year (2022/23) in the specific region this fire service is responsible for.

The specific information I am requesting is: 

  • The number of fires caused by electric vehicles broken down by each city/town your fire service is responsible for during the last fiscal year (2022/23).
  • The type of electric vehicle involved in each fire caused by an electric battery throughout the last fiscal year (2022/23).


Vehicle and property fires involving electric vehicles in 2022/23, by local authority area and type of vehicle.

Local Authority AreaCarCaravan not on towMotorcycle (incl. mopeds / scooters)Other type of agricultural or construction vehicle (e.g. fork lift)Total
Birmingham3 02 05
Coventry21 0 03
Sandwell1   0 0 01
Walsall 0 0 011

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