Fire in Stuttgart bus depot «could have been caused by e-bus charging». Munich takes 8 e-buses out of service

Posted: October 23, 2021 by oldbrew in Batteries, flames, Travel, Uncertainty

Mercedes e-Citaro electric bus [image credit:]

Some travellers are now unwilling to board any of the local e-buses, according to at least one TV report. Looks like yet another lithium-ion event.
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A large fire event in Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen (SBB)’s depot, in Gaisberg, destroyed 25 buses on Thursday 30th September, says Sustainable Bus.

A few days ago, a first assessment by the police, reported on many German media, said that the fire could have been caused by an electric bus during charging procedure.

As reported on the Zeit, this is the conclusion of the investigators after checking the data of the fire alarm system and the temperature sensors, a police spokeswoman announced. However, further investigations are necessary.

Electric bus charging caused fire in Stuttgart?

The blaze completely destroyed 25 buses of different models and kinds, including two with electric drives (SBB has four e-buses in its fleet, two Volvo and two Mercedes). The vehicles involved in the fire are reported as being Mercedes e-Citaro.

Six SSB employees received medical attention during the fire.

As a consequence of Stuttgart’s event, MVG Munich is taking out of service eight electric buses, as reported yesterday on It has been decided as safety precaution.

The measure only applies to buses of the same type and initially only until the cause of the fire has been finally clarified, MVG says. It means that Mercedes e-Citaro are being taken out of the roads.

Full article here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Photo (below) caption: ‘More than 200 emergency personnel attended the scene and managed to bring the blaze under control”

    Not much left to control there.

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    But ‘electric’ ( coal fired) vehicles are brilliant and green…

  3. oldbrew says:

    Shame about those ‘carbon’ emissions from the bus fires 🙄

  4. JB says:

    From brilliant and green to flaming bright orange yellow. Quick way to recycle…

    No Antifa required

  5. Graeme No.3 says:

    They should save these bus fires until winter when they will need the extra warmth.

  6. oldbrew says:

    tomo’s link: spreading disinformation about the climate crisis

    That’s a good one 😆 — how dare they?!

  7. oldbrew says:

    A fire here would keep the local brigades busy…

    UK’s largest bus depot can charge electric buses in just four hours in national first

    Glasgow’s Caledonia bus depot has reached a key milestone in its green transformation plans with the installation of 11 advanced rapid 150kW dual cable charging units. This first phase of work has been completed ahead of a new batch of 22 electric buses arriving at the depot ahead of COP26, and marks a significant step forward in First Bus’ plans to have a zero-emission fleet by 2035.

    With phased completion for the remainder of the work scheduled to take place across the next 12 months, the depot has been designed to accommodate and charge up to 300 EV buses on site – and will see the introduction of 150 electric buses over the next 18 months.

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    we point at greenies and laugh

  9. hunterson7 says:

    Interesting article. In the US faulty batter chargers and batteries are an increasingly common start point for house fires.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Battery fires haunt the electric car and clean power revolution
    Oct. 4, 2021

    Recent battery fires haven’t happened just to cars. In early September, Vistra Corp.’s massive 300 megawatt Moss Landing battery plant in northern California was knocked offline after overheating triggered the sprinkler system. In late July, a fire broke out at one of the largest utility-scale storage projects using Tesla Inc. batteries in southeastern Australia. And in 2019, a blaze at an energy storage facility in Arizona injured four firefighters.
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    Moss Landing wasn’t an actual fire it seems.

    According to the Monterey County Weekly:

    The battery installation was shut down after smoke — but no fire — was discovered at the facility on Sept. 4, 2021.

    Only nine months into operation and less than three weeks after Vistra cut the ribbon on an expansion, most of the largest battery storage facility in the world has gone dormant with no timeline for a return. An investigation is underway and details remain vague. Although the company has maintained its intention is to reopen the facility, they have made no guarantees.

    This is a significant problem for California because the state has declared an electric grid reliability emergency, and every megawatt counts when electricity supplies are short.

    Of course, California’s power conundrum is entirely self-inflicted. Over the past decade, the number of reliable power plants in California has declined as installations of solar panels have increased. [bold added]

  11. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    The toxic gases given off during this fire will not be welcome by those down wind.

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