Jimmy Patronis warns to park electric vehicles somewhere dry before Idalia lands

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis says owners of electric vehicles should park cars away from storm surge areas.

The Panama City Republican urged caution to EV owners as Tropical Storm Idalia threatens Florida’s Gulf coast. He stressed Florida wants to avoid some of the problems Tesla and other EV owners faced after Hurricane Ian last year.

“We saw a number of fires associated with EVs from Hurricane Ian. We know that the saltwater from storm surge can compromise these batteries, causing fires which cannot be easily suppressed,” Patronis said.

“The best fire teams can do is keep water on the battery

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