And that within the electrical automotive nation of Norway: In keeping with a report by “Supervisor Magazin”, a transport firm is now not taking electrical vehicles and hybrids on board. The explanation ought to in the end be the fireplace inferno on the automotive freighter “Felicity Ace”.
“Electrical, hybrid and hydrogen vehicles are banned on board – the explosive assertion is hidden within the FAQ of the Norwegian transport line Havila Kystruten,” stories the enterprise newspaper. The transport firm presents numerous routes with the “Havila Voyages” line with 4 ships. You possibly can take your automotive with you on the route from Bergen to Kirkenes for those who reserve one of many areas on board. Except the automotive has a hybrid or electrical drive. Hydrogen autos are additionally topic to the ban.
In keeping with a number of media stories, the rationale for the ban is the chance of battery fires – the fireplace in lithium-ion batteries is so troublesome to extinguish that big quantities of water are required and extremely poisonous vapors are produced. On a passenger ship that might after all be an enormous threat that the transport firm apparently doesn’t need to take.
“Throughout a threat evaluation, these accountable got here to the conclusion that the doable hearth of such a automotive would require a very advanced rescue operation, which couldn’t be carried out with the means and the crew on board – the passengers can be endangered because of this. Nevertheless, that is totally different for personal autos with a traditional, fossil gas drive,” stories “Supervisor Magazin”.
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The actual background to the precautionary measure, which is inflicting loads of hassle within the electrical automotive foyer, might be the spectacular hearth on the automotive freighter “Felicity Ace”. The ship burned out utterly at sea in February 2022 and sank. Additionally on board had been many vehicles from the Volkswagen Group from VW, Bentley or Porsche, together with many electrical vehicles. An ignited electrical automotive battery was suspected to be the reason for the fireplace. As well as, the batteries of quite a few electrical autos fueled the fireplace so severely that each one makes an attempt to place it out had been in useless. As we speak, the “Felicity Ace” lies 3000 meters under the floor of the Atlantic along with 1000’s of charred vehicles.
Though the transport firm’s choice is comprehensible for security causes, it comes as a shock, particularly for Norway: The nation is Europe’s “electrical wonderland”, greater than each second new automotive is an electrical car and from 2025 petrol and diesel vehicles will now not be allowed to be bought in any respect turn out to be. It will likely be fascinating to see whether or not different transport corporations will observe go well with with electrical bans – in any case, they’d scare away many potential prospects.
The transport firm TT-Line takes a totally totally different method and even presents charging stations for the crossing. “The charging station at which your electrical automotive is charged throughout your crossing depends upon the utilization and availability of the respective departure. Allocation is the accountability of the loading officer. The plugs of the 2 charging stations are suitable with all connections of the electrical vehicles,” says the corporate on its web site. Nevertheless, you don’t cost “inexperienced” electrical energy: Regardless of many effectivity measures within the drive, the ferries of the TT Line nonetheless run on fossil gas, particularly pure fuel or LNG.
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