A new video obtained by CNBC provides us a primary take a look at the hearth that engulfed a set of Ford F-150 Lightnings in a Dearborn, Michigan, holding lot earlier this 12 months. This closely edited model of the video exhibits police arriving on the scene as smoke billows from a gaggle of electrical vans tucked behind the lot.
Along with acquiring bodycam and dashcam footage from Michigan cops, CNBC additionally obtained photos of the aftermath of the hearth by way of a separate FOIA (Freedom of Info Act) request. These photographs present simply how devasting the blaze actually was, with flames leaving one truck only a shell of what it was earlier than — its doorways fully incinerated and a tire midway melted into the bottom. One other photograph exhibits how the flames ate by way of a truck’s quarter panel, exposing the wiring beneath.
It’s nonetheless not clear how lengthy the blaze went on, however the timestamps on CNBC’s footage counsel it not less than lasted between 3:36PM and 4:22PM ET. Electrical car fires are notoriously tough to place out, with an expert telling CNBC that they typically burn hotter, sooner, and want extra water to place out.
“Along with SK On, we confirmed the basis causes and swiftly applied high quality actions,” Ford tells CNBC. “The Rouge Electrical Automobile Heart has been again up and operating since March 13 and is again to full manufacturing and delivery automobiles to prospects.” Ford didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.