Abandoned water-logged electric vehicles spontaneously combust along Florida roadways: report

Where in the world is Pete Buttigieg when you need him?

The hardest-vacationing man in the Biden regime smiled and avoided definitively answering questions when probed by host Neil Cavuto on Fox News’ “Your World” Tuesday. But what are the transportation secretary’s thoughts on earth, wind and FIRE?

His beloved initiative to make electric vehicles commonplace – a currently failed endeavor he is likely to cleverly disown posthaste – isn’t going quite as planned.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, reports indicate that local fire departments in Florida are busy extinguishing car fires from electric vehicles abandoned in the storm.

Evidently, the batteries in the water-logged autos begin to rapidly corrode and then combust, explained Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer and state fire marshal on Twitter.

“There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian,” he tweeted. “As those batteries corrode, fires start.”

“It takes special training and understanding of EVs to ensure these fires are put out quickly and safely,” Patronis tweeted.

“That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.”

Additionally, footage posted to the North Collier Fire Rescue District’s Facebook page depicted the process.

“This morning we were fortunate enough to have CFO Jimmy Patronis and Rommel For State Representative tour some of the hard-hit areas of our District. While speaking with residents and offering assistance, we received a call for an EV vehicle fire, and we brought CFO Patronis & Representative Rommell to the call. We wanted them to see your highly skilled North Collier Firefighters in action AND the difficulty associated with extinguishing EV fires. This is an issue many fire departments across SW Florida are experiencing right now,” the post explained.

“These vehicles have been submerged in salt water; they have extensive damage and can potentially be serious fire hazards. We are grateful for the assistance the CFO and Representative Rommel’s offices have offered in dealing with this issue post-Ian and beyond.”

In conclusion, the post stated, “We are equally grateful and proud of the work of our firefighters. No one was injured on the fire, traffic intereuption [sic] was minimal, and the crews remained on scene with the vehicle for hours to ensure it was extinguished.”

For his part, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg offered this non-responsive word jumble on Tuesday:

“[W]hether you’re talking about the insurance process or whether we’re talking about government processes, federal, state and otherwise, you take account for people who are absolutely desperate, experiencing hunger and their lives are in danger even today — from those who just need to work their way through an insurance process to try to get things back to normal,” he said.

“But again, I think that’s something that we should agree on more than we disagree on. And of course, we recognize that there are many Americans who were vulnerable the day the storm hit. They’re even more vulnerable now,” he continued. “And we’ve got to make sure we take care of them and take care of everybody to get them back on their feet.”

The transportation secretary was responding to questions raised by Cavuto that concerned Vice-President Kamala Harris’s remarks on Friday vis-a-vis disaster relief in Florida.

Her comments have since been fact-checked by a number of outlets and were determined to be in response to a question Priyanka Chopra Jonas asked at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on September 30; not, as it was initially reported, a response to specific FEMA relief in Florida.

Still, that doesn’t alter the popular assessment that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is woefully out of his depth.

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