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In the middle of June this year, a Jaguar I-Pace manufactured in 2019 was affected by a seemingly inexplicable problem which led to its complete destruction. The accident happened in Florida, USA, while the electric model was quietly parked in the garage, recharging its battery. It was then that everything went wrong and the flames became protagonists, leaving an imprint that the owner will soon forget and it is not for less that the car has been practically unrecognizable.
The way Electrek He contacted the owner, Gonzalo Salazar, and he told his story: “On June 16, I plugged the car in before going to bed. On the morning of June 17, I woke up and unplugged it. Later in the morning, I decided to run some errands. I drove about 12 miles that morning before coming home and parked the car in the garage, leaving the garage door open. While I was doing things around the house, I heard pops coming from the garage. I decided to go see where the sounds were coming from and as I entered the garage I was greeted by a thick wall of smoke. I immediately thought: ‘When there is smoke, there is fire’, and I have to get the car out of the garage of the house”.
“I went home to get my phone and also noticed that all the smoke in the garage has now filled my whole house because the AC unit is right next to the garage door. While I was trying to air my house from the smoke I called Jaguar roadside assistance to pick up the car.When I finished talking to them there were more explosions but this time , they were followed by a fire under the car, so I called 911 for help with the situation. But it wasn’t a slow burn, once the fire started there were multiple bursts, and the car was quickly engulfed in flames.Salazar continues.
Faced with this situation, the owner decides to take the vehicle out onto the street in order to prevent the fire from spreading both in the garage itself and in the house. Once out, the explosions continued and the smoke turned into a visible flame which quickly engulfed the entire vehicle, burning much of the assembly as only the front part was spared the flames. Apparently emergency crews struggled to extinguish the fire and firefighters had to use special foam to put it out completely.
Waiting for the Jaguar report
Salazar also notes that the insurance company sent a forensic team to investigate the incident and declared the vehicle a total loss, and Jaguar then took it away to conduct its own examination of the wreckage. According to the owner’s testimony, the English firm has not really been of much help in this matter because it has not yet taken responsibility for the incident, although you still have to present the conclusion of your investigation.
It should be noted that this is the fourth documented Jaguar I-Pace fire occurring under similar conditions, and the fact that the battery of this electric vehicle contains the same type of LG Chem cells that make up the pack of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, may be of concern. Therefore, we cannot exclude that Jaguar withdraws the I-Pace from the market, as Chevrolet has already done.
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