The fire happened in Oregon a few weeks ago.
LG Chem is the battery provider for the troubled Chevrolet Bolt.
Unfortunately, this is the type of story we need to report on even if we are proponents of the electrification of the automobile. It’s not often that we find a report on a Jaguar I-Pace battery issue. In fact, this is only the second or third such incident we’ve read up on.
The pertinence behind this story is that LG Chem, the battery provider for the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona EV, and others including the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace, has made many headlines over the last while. Battery fires are becoming a more common occurrence and one reason is that more EVs are being sold every day.
Since its introduction in late 2018, roughly 40,000 I-Pace have been sold compared to the 140,000 Bolt EVs. This may explain why there are so few reports of Jaguar battery fires. Another possible explanation is that the cells are not assembled at the same plant where the Chevy’s are put together.
This particular incident occurred in Oregon. The Jaguar I-Pace was parked outdoors, though it’s not specified if it was charging or not, according to KTVZ, but still close to a house and a few trees. No injuries or related incidents were reported. Firefighters were on the scene for nearly two hours putting out the flames.