Electric Cars Catch Fire in New Jersey, Shutting Down Highway

Route 295 near Trenton was shut down early Monday morning after five electric and hybrid vehicles being transported on a truck caught fire during the early morning commute.

The fire broke out at around 6:15 am in the southbound lanes of Route 295 between Exit 75 and Exit 73, causing the lanes to be shut until 8:30 am.

While regular car fires can usually be quickly extinguished, the lithium-ion batteries found in hybrid vehicles can burn hotter and longer, requiring a greater measures to put it out.

 

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