It’s rare for an electric bus to burst into flames in the way a state-operated one did last month at a Hamden bus depot, but the same can’t be said for all electric vehicles, according to industry experts.
And the National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency that investigates significant transportation accidents, has joined the efforts to determine the exact cause of the fire.
“Working with Connecticut State Police and state officials, NTSB is investigating a fire that consumed a CTtransit battery electric bus (July 23) in Hamden, Connecticut. The bus was in a maintenance facility at the time,” the NTSB tweeted Friday afternoon.
The fire, which destroyed one of CTtransit’s dozen electric buses, was the first of its kind for the state’s fleet. The rest of the electric fleet was pulled from service since then.