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Damn millenials and thier EEeeeE VEEs!
This’ll show em…
Well, they does catch on fire once and a while.
The board did take into consideration the difficulties and dangers inherent in EV fires vs ICE fires and consulted the experts. It is a reasoned and reasonable position to take. If they had considered, then rejected, the idea of banning EVs, and then there was an EV fire that caused substantial damage/injury/death, the board members personally could be held liable to some degree. But if they followed protocol in making the decision, and there was nothing in whatever Agreement the owners had with the Association, and no breach of any local ordinance, then it’s a valid decision.
[GM doing a recall of their Bolt because they were catching fire. They even warned the owners to not park near other vehicles.](https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/gm-advising-some-bolt-ev-owners-to-park-50-feet-away-from-other-cars.html)
Good luck getting anyone to park there in 10-15 years, when most people will own an electric car.
HOA are a weird American thing.
Very rare in Canada. We do have Condo Corp but that’s generally only for semi and row homes with shares common areas.
No such thing as HOA for single detached homes in Canada that I know of.
Oh boy is this ridiculous on so many levels.
Electric vehicle batteries are specifically designed to contain fires. Compare to combustion engines where any damage to the fuel lines is immediate danger.
Their assertion that “all EV fires have occurred while the vehicle is unattended” is incorrect, I can name one Tesla fire where the driver hit a metal object on the highway that pierced the armour on the battery pack. The car was damaged more by the fire service breaking the firewalls trying to extinguish the fire than by the battery fire itself.
EVs aren’t time bombs waiting to detonate, they’re probably statistically safer than ICE vehicles. Anything that stores energy, in fuel or in batteries, has to release that energy in a controlled manner, and must defend against an uncontrolled release. Anything can catch fire in the latter instance.
I hope I never live anywhere with an HOA.
Do they have a reason ?
…can they do that?
A good buddy owns a condo near that building. A lot of those are rental condos that are privately owned. Those buildings have underground parking that is completely enclosed- because of the cold. I have been there. I could see a huge problem with a fire starting. Those HOAs and management groups run things with a very firm hand. They really have to due to the nature of the development. Lots of short term tenants rental units and owners who live out of state. Things would get out of hand very quickly if they did not.
If you read the article they do lay out the rationale for this. They contacted the fire departments to talk about extinguishing an EV fire and basically the design of the garage will make it very difficult for fire departments to come in with the type of fire suppression needed to put out a lithium ion fire. The current water sprinkler system will not extinguish an electric battery fire. The garage was not designed for electric vehicles. Hopefully this can be rectified but I think they are just being cautious
Yeah, this sounds like an excuse to ban something they see as a liberal car.