According to reports, thousands of Audis, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and electric cars were likely destroyed when an abandoned cargo ship caught fire in the Atlantic.
“The batteries of an unknown number of electric vehicles caught fire on board the ship,” reports The Verge.
The ship Felicity Ace was en route from Germany to a port in Rhode Island, United States, when it sent out distress signals this week. On board were around 1,100 Porsches and 189 Bentleys, as well as an unspecified number of Audis and VWs.
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All 22 crew members were successfully evacuated and required no medical attention, according to a statement from the Portuguese Navy.
“The 22 crew members did not require medical attention upon arrival as they were taken to a local hotel. The owner of the vessel ‘Felicity Ace’ is in contact with the logistics agent to set up a plan for towing the vessel,” the Navy said. “No source of pollution has been identified so far”.
It is currently unclear whether the batteries caused the fire. Battery fire extinguishing experts are needed to put out the blaze, the report said late Friday. According to reports, the electric vehicles could have been Audi E-Tron Sportbacks.
The number of vehicles lost in the fire is expected to exceed $150 million. “We are aware of an incident in which a foreign cargo ship transported Volkswagen Group vehicles across the Atlantic,” a VW spokesman was quoted as saying.
“The ship was bound for North America. We are not aware of any injuries at this time. We are in contact with the shipping company to get more information about the incident.”
With input from IANS