Know your Evacuation Route

Maintain your battery at 100% state of charge if you plan on evacuating in an EV. Understand your vehicle’s range to ensure you can safely reach your destination. Avoid relying on charging stations along the evacuation route, as they may experience long lines or power outages.

Never Drive Through Flood Water

Water infiltration into the high-voltage battery of an electric vehicle can lead to damage, heightening the risk of a battery fire. Such fires may erupt instantaneously or manifest days, weeks, or even months after exposure to saltwater.

Leaving Electric Vehicles Behind

NEVER park EVs inside a garage in flood-prone areas.

DO NOT leave electric vehicles plugged into a charger.

ALWAYS ensure they are parked at least 50 feet away from any structure or other vehicles. Exposure to storm surge can damage the battery, leading to a fire risk. When leaving an EV behind, maintain the battery at less than 30% state of charge.

NEVER attempt to drive or charge a vehicle that has been submerged in floodwaters.

General Lithium-ion Battery Safety

Properly dispose of any lithium-ion batteries or devices containing lithium-ion batteries exposed to floodwaters. Using or charging batteries exposed to floodwaters poses a serious risk of fire. DO NOT discard these batteries in regular trash.


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