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EV fires are easily prevented

Sep 21. 2018
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By THE NATION WEEKEND

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ELECTRIC-VEHICLE fires generate headlines, but accidents are easily prevented if the owners follow the manufacturers’ instructions on charging and equipment maintenance.

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According to Porsche AG, which sells the Panamera and Cayenne in Thailand, the owner must understand and strictly adhere to the charging sequence.

“An incorrect charging process, non-observance of generally applicable safety precautions and improper handling of the high-voltage battery can cause electric shocks, short circuits, explosions, fire or burns,” its user manual states.

Porsche says owners must – before starting the vehicle – complete the charging sequence, remove the cable, close the cover and charge-port door, and store the cable safely.

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The right charging equipment, such as wall-sockets, wall-boxes and cables, must be installed professionally – not just any cables will do. And the vehicle must be parked close enough to the electrical outlet because using extension cables is also risky, as are multiple-socket extensions and travel adapters.

The charging cable can become a hazard if not stored properly. “Always transport the vehicle-charging cable in the luggage compartment, never in the passenger compartment (for example on or in front of the seats),” Porsche warns.

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Owners are further advised not to charge during thunderstorms. If they’ve already begun, they should stop and disconnect the charging equipment to prevent the risk of jolts of voltage entering the power supply.

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