Electric BRT vehicle catches fire in Paris

Bus fire

An electric RATP bus caught fire this morning in Paris.

An electric RATP bus, traveling on line 71, caught fire this Friday morning around 8 a.m., near the Bibliothèque-François-Mitterrand stop, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

This is the third fire of this type of bus in the Île-de-France in the space of a month

A frightening experience, thankfully no injuries or fatalities?

It seemed an inordinate length of time before les sapeurs-pompiers turned up.

Cardinal Fang is presuming the RATP bus was powered by rechargeable battery cells & not hydrogen.

The Cardinal is afraid that we are going to see a lot more of these incidents from around the world in the next few years, until municipal authorities, politicians & the transport industry wake up & realise that, wireless and on-board vehicle power systems are not as efficient as the lobby believe and do have safety issues.



3 Responses to “Electric BRT vehicle catches fire in Paris”
  1. Haveacow says:

    As with what happened in Australia’s battery farm fire, modern fire departments have always had a great deal of problems putting out fires in these massively toxic, multiple hybrid metal formed, high capacity batteries.

  2. Haveacow says:

    Who made the buses? Transit operators in the south-western USA (specifically Albuquerque) had enormous problems with their Chinese made Battery Electric Bus from BYD. The electric motors and charging systems overheating, batteries not or under charging, numerous mechanical issues and malfunctioning doors to name only a few of the issues.

  3. Cardinal Fang says:

    The buses are manufactured by Bluebus, which is part of the French Bolloré SE Group
    Bolloré report that the fire started at roof level where the Lithium batteries are located

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