BMW i3 REx Police Car On Fire In Rome – Video


The cause of the fire is unknown, but we can confirm that this is not a pure electric i3, but rather an i3 REx (see image below showing gas flap on front right fender):

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Note Gas Flap On Front Right Fender – This Is An i3 REx

The Italian police own what appears to be only 4 i3s, but we’re not entirely certain is this figure is still correct.

The fire extinguisher appears to be aimed at the general area where the REx generator is located, indicating that this fire could be linked to the ICE, rather than the battery pack. Speculation for sure…but that’s all we have to go on at this point in time.

BMW i3 REx Fire

BMW i3 REx Fire

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Source: via Electrek

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Be thankful it wasn’t a hydrogen vehicle.

That doesn’t bare thinking about,

Waaayyyyy too scary !

That’s just FUD and scaremongering. The automotive engineers at major automakers obviously engineered and crash tested the HFCVs they designed to ensure that if a HFCV caught fire it wouldn’t be anymore dangerous than an ICE vehicle that caught fire.

Where in the news are all those Marai and Clarity explosions that you imply would happen when a HFCV gets into an accident? You’re using the same scare tactics against HFCVs that ICE-heads used against EVs. It’s very sad that you’re no better that those ICE-heads. 🙁

Good luck with finding any crash testing results from either IIHS or NHTSA.

It appears that fuel cell vehicles are manufactured and sold in very limited quantities as ‘test’ vehicles and not actual full ‘production’ vehicles, according to IIHS and NHTSA.

Part of this I think has to do with the unique testing facilities required for crashing a fuel cell vehicle which don’t exist yet. And the potential of a hydrogen explosion(think hydrogen bomb) This can’t be indoors or in populated areas, but more likely out in a remote desert.

They had a Citroen EV a couple years ago when I was in Italy. Here’s a pic I snapped outside the Vatican.


The criminal being chased by that thing has to have the biggest smile on his face.

That’s hot

I heard it was in hot pursuit of a speeding tesla.

Which then begs the question, if you carry a fire extinguisher in your car, where should it be stored for easy retrieval? In my 2012 Volt I had it lying in the trunk against the back seats, but in this case that wouldn’t have helped much. The frunk perhaps?

In several of my cars there has been space under the rear of the driver’s seat. Velcro straps to the seat frame enable a rattle-free install that can be quickly removed. It’s gotta be somewhere that you don’t have to dig for it, and preferably reachable from your seated position.

Yeah, that sounds like a good place. The realization of course is that we are more likely to encounter another car on fire than our own, just based on the number of cars that we see on the road.

Mamma mia!

Considering that one of the pictures shows flames below the car on the road surface, gasoline might be the reason, as it is for >150000 burning ICE vehicles per year on this planet.

Lamestream media headlines: “SHOCKING: 25% of electric BMW police cars in Rome have caught fire!”

Well, that is embarrassing.

What is the order of those photos? Am I correct to assume the fire extinguisher failed to stop the fire and that inferno is the final picture?

Let me guess… The car was improperly used by never being charged, relying on the REx. And like many fleet vehicles like taxis, the drivers had ignored a CEL notification which these days spell oncoming doom.

Maybe it was a ‘beta’ version of the I3 – hope there is soon an NHTSA investigation – and there should be a lot of press coverage about this incident to make BMW rethink their policy of releasing these ‘dangerous’ vehicles. /ironic