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Worries from a Major Auto Dealer About All Electric Cars

Ralph Nader

John (Jack) Fitzgerald is no ordinary auto dealer. He communicates with consumer advocates.  Mr. Fitzgerald called me in August with worries about electric vehicles.   He cited the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) six findings on the increasing number of high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires. Firefighters are finding that these batteries raise unprecedented fire suppression problems.  Fitzgerald is concerned that motorists are not being told about tires wearing out faster, due to the heavier weight of electric vehicles with tire particles that also add to the toll of unregulated air pollution.  There is also the effect of disruption of electric power by storms, as occurred recently in the fire and hurricane disasters in California and Florida, and the rising price of electricity everywhere.