In recent days there has been nothing but talk of the Felicity Ace fire which damaged numerous cars, including those of the Volkswagen group.
Apparently the fire was fueled by the lithium-ion accumulators of some electric cars inside the hold of the ship that departed from Emden (Germany), headed for the port of Davisville (Rhode Island).
From Wolfsburg they preferred not to make any statements about the causes of the fire, limiting themselves to stating that it is still too early to provide explanations on the whole affair.
At least 4 thousand Volkswagen cars would have been destroyed in the fire . According to some estimates, the value of the 3,965 vehicles on board (at least 1,100 Porsches, 189 Bentleys and the rest of the Volkswagen, Audi and Lamborghini brands) varies between at least 400 million dollars (355 million euros at current exchange rates) and 500 million.
But that’s not all, because the group will still have to incur additional costs: according to risk analysis firm Russell, the fire is likely to generate additional losses of 155 million dollars.
Furthermore, if it were confirmed that the cause of the fire was to be blamed on lithium-ion batteries, the consequences would be paid by the entire automotive sector.
Manufacturers in fact risk encountering numerous difficulties in finding companies available to ensure intercontinental transport of electric cars.