Most electric vehicles have their battery pack on the floor or, in the case of Tesla Model Y with a structural battery pack, as the floor. This allows for excellent mass distribution and also better space utilization. The downside is that the battery remains vulnerable when running over solid objects that hit it from underneath.
According to local reports, an XPeng P7 electric sedan was driving on a stretch of the Wenchuan Highway near Shanghai when it ran over an unidentified object on the road. The object was caught underneath the car and most probably caused damage to the battery pack. The XPeng P7 quickly burst into flames and burnt almost entirely despite the firefighters’ best efforts.
Luckily, the driver pulled over right after the impact as the smoke started to fill up the cabin. He escaped without injuries, but the car was destroyed by the fire that engulfed it soon after that. The investigators concluded that the object hitting the battery may have originated from a truck driving in front of the car on the highway.
#XPeng on #P7 fire in Shanghai: An object, probably from a large size vehicle driving in front of #P7, fell off hitting & underpinning P7 #battery pack causing damage & fire.— Moneyball (@DKurac) July 6, 2022