The ship carrying thousands of high-end electric cars sinks. Your batteries are in the spotlight

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On February 18, the Felicity Ace, a ship carrying nearly 4,000 high-end cars including models of Porsche, Bentley, Audi, or Lamborghini. Among them were a large number of electric vehicles.

Behind the rescue of the crew and attempts to tow the ship, this one has sunk near the Azores Islands. The causes of the fire that ended up turning all the boats into ashes are not known, but there are those who point to the batteries of electric cars as being responsible.

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The risks with the transport of batteries are known: the disaster that Samsung suffered with its Galaxy Note 7 is famous, in whose manufacturing process defective batteries were used that ended up causing incidents such as the evacuation of a plane in the US and finally the final withdrawal of that model.

Now among the theories being considered for the Felicity Ace fire is precisely the exhibition of those electric cars which was transporting His batteries could be the cause, pointed after the fire at The Wall Street Journal, although the investigation will take months to reveal the conclusions. Since the ship has ended up at the bottom of the ocean, it remains to be seen if the cause of the accident can finally be determined.

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The Dutch company SMIT Salvage sent several tug boats to try to bring the ship to port and rescue it, but the bad state of the sea and the state of the ship itself caused it to end up listing to starboard and sinking.

No data has been given on the exact number of each model or the value of the cargo, but experts from the Russel Group Ltd. insurer estimated that the estimated value of the cars is 401 million dollars. According to its experts, the Volkswagen group could face losses of at least $155 million for the disaster.

What is certain is that these types of events are more frequent than one might think. Since 2002 there has been eight great incidents with the transport of cars on boats, and although this is a setback for VW, those 4,000 boats represent just 0.04% of the nine million vehicles – although the percentage would rise if only high-end models are taken into account – which, for example, sold in 2021.

Via | WSJ

On February 18, the Felicity Ace, a ship carrying nearly 4,000 high-end cars including models of Porsche, Bentley, Audi, or…

On February 18, the Felicity Ace, a ship carrying nearly 4,000 high-end cars including models of Porsche, Bentley, Audi, or…

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