The Democrats’ plans to hatch an all-electric vehicle existence may be thwarted by the fact that state run electric buses have recently caught fire in Connecticut, which is largely a Democrat enclave.
The electric buses had been rolled out following the passage of the Connecticut Clean Air Act. As part of this act, thousands of electric vehicles were intended to be deployed across the state’s highways and other road infrastructure.
As part of the passage, roughly 800 all electric buses would be included in order to align with “no-emissions” models.
However, just one day after officials were bragging about the passage of the act, which bears all the hallmarks of the Green New Deal, one of the electric buses that constituted part of the rollout caught fire.
The fire ended up sending two transit workers, as well as a firefighter, to the hospital. The two workers were sent as a precaution for smoke exposure, while the firefighter was transported due to heat exhaustion, as noted by officials.
The bus had only been delivered in December and just put into service in January. While the bus typically operates on routes 243 and 265, it fortunately was not in service during the time of the incident.
According to CTtransit spokesman Josh Rickman, the bus fires are “rare,” though they “can occur similar to cars.”
Rickman also noted that the bus fire was the first that had occurred with CTtransit, and it had been caused by an “incident” with the battery.
Per Rickman, “lithium ion battery fires are difficult to extinguish due to the thermal chemical process that produces great heat and continually reignites.”
After the bus fire, the entire fleet of buses was removed from service as a precaution, given the strong emphasis placed on “rider safety.”
In addition, the buses will not go back into service until “a thorough investigation” is completed, which will ostensibly occur “prior to any redeployment of the fleet.”