Car fire at Sydney Airport: five vehicles destroyed after electric car’s lithium-ion battery ignites
- Five parked cars burned in airport fire
- An electric battery caused the fire
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Five cars have been left in ruins after a fire broke out in an airport car park, sparked by an electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery catching fire.
NSW Fire and Rescue were called to a Sydney Airport car park around 8.30pm on Monday to see the devastating scene.
While the lithium-ion battery was detached from the luxury car, it was stored in the parking lot and was identified as the cause of the fire in the Airport Drive Mascot parking lot.
Fire in electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery burns five cars at Sydney Airport
An investigation has been opened into the car park fire which broke out on Monday morning.
The fire was attributed to a battery that had been removed from the vehicle and stored on the lot.
Aviation rescue and fire services were also involved in containing the fire.
The fire is being investigated by the FRNSW Fire Investigation and Research Unit.
FRNSW’s Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies (SARET) Safety Team is also investigating the cause of the fire.
“This information will help them continually develop best practices for emergency response to lithium-related fires,” a statement said.
“(It will also) inform the industry on how to manage the risks associated with emerging technologies.”
Lithium battery fires are becoming a growing problem across the world as millions of electric cars, e-bikes and e-scooters flood into the consumer market.
In Australia alone last year, 180 lithium battery fires were reported in New South Wales, 120 in Victoria, 72 in Queensland and 59 in WA.