Status: 08.12.2023, 15:15 PM
By: Sebastian Oppenheimer
Not every idea turns out to be really clever in hindsight. A Danish e-car owner has now had to make a very painful experience in this regard.
Anyone who has ever dealt with the topic of electric cars knows that the battery only works optimally in a certain temperature window. At temperatures of around 20 to 40 degrees Celsius, the battery can usually develop its best effect – in extreme heat or cold, the range is reduced. For this reason, car manufacturers sometimes install complex systems to temper the battery accordingly. In the best case, the e-car is preheated by means of an integrated parking heater before starting. How you definitely shouldn't do it has now been demonstrated by a Dane.
Not a smart idea: E-car owner uses toaster as battery heater
The curious incident is reported by the police Sydsjælland and Lolland-Falster. In the small town of Stenlille, an electric car and carport burned down, according to officials. According to initial findings, a toaster had caused the fire. Obviously, the car owner had placed the device underneath the vehicle and put it into operation there in order to preheat the battery in this way. But the unconventional battery heating system ended in disaster: the car caught fire and burned out, as did the carport. The heat build-up also damaged the nearby house.
A Dane wanted to use a toaster to bring the battery of his electric car up to temperature – but things went terribly wrong. (Symbolic image) © Pond5 Images/Imago
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Danish police warn – and "urgently" advise against toaster heating method
Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire. Nevertheless, the Danish police felt compelled by the incident to "urgently" advise against using a toaster to bring the electric car battery up to temperature.
By the way, the fact that electric cars burn more often than combustion engines is a myth. However, once an electric car catches fire, the fire can quickly develop into a veritable inferno. In fact, an electric car is much more difficult to extinguish than a combustion engine. For this reason, fire brigades are experimenting with a wide variety of approaches. The "water bath" has established itself as the most widely used standard for cooling the batteries of electric cars in Germany.