For nearly a week, the Felicity Ace has been burning off the Portuguese coast. The latter carries a little less than 4,000 new cars and probably none of them can be saved.
It has now been a week since the builders of the group Volkswagen hold their breath. And for good reason, 3,965 vehicles belonging respectively to Volkswagen, Porsche, Bentley, Audi, Lamborghini (and possibly Bugatti) are stuck on a burning freighter.
But a few days ago, hopes were allowed. Now the situation has gotten worse and there is almost no chance of these cars being saved.
And even if we can rejoice to know that the 22 crew members were picked up by helicopteryou can be sure that at Porsche (1,100 vehicles concerned) and at the others, we are biting our fingers.
Because yes, according to some estimates, the bill would amount to 438 million dollars or approximately 387 million eurosjust that …
The Felicity Ace, a cargo ship carrying hundreds of vehicles including Porsches bound for the U.S., was left adrift in the mid-Atlantic following a fire #WSJWhatsNow pic.twitter.com/TPdXHKyL75
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 18, 2022
A battery problem
Now, the cause of this fire seems to have been identified. According to experts, a lithium-ion battery of a hybrid vehicle would therefore be the cause of this fire.
Suffice to say that this simple battery will be expensive for everyone and American customers who were waiting for their new car will therefore have to be patient again.
A very complicated situation in a period when new cars are already becoming increasingly rare.
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