Electric car fires: 'There can be a risk of reignition for up to five days'

Local firefighters are describing electric vehicle battery fires as the fires that just don't go out, with risk of reignition several days after it's put out.

Firefighters are learning it takes nearly 10 times more water to put out an electric vehicle battery fire compared with a petrol or diesel car.

Fire and Emergency is gearing up for the influx of electric vehicles, or EVs, expected to reach our shores in the coming years when the Clean Car Subsidy takes effect from 2021.

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