Re: Car Charger Hazard
From: Virgil Huston (
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:33:40 -0700 (PDT)
Appliances in homes start fires. You would be surprised at how common
appliance started fires are, including dishwashers. I had no idea
until I worked at the Red Cross. Are those banned, too? Laptop
computers have started fires (they have batteries that have to be
charged, too). There are also exterior plugs in most homes. 120V is
not really that much different than 220/240V. Most of the world uses
220/240V for everything, including curling irons and table lamps and
your computer. If 110V is OK, there is zero reason to have a problem
with 220V.

On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Chuck Harrison <cfharr [at]> wrote:
> This person may be reassured by further research into the safety history of
> electric cars. However I suggest you be alert to the possibility that there
> is a different, underlying concern that he/she has difficulty articulating,
> and that the fire risk is just a proxy. In this sort of situation you're
> unlikely to find resolution until the person feels emotionally safe &
> comfortable revealing the deeper concern.
> If you've been doing consensus process for a while, you've probably seen
> this type of thing.
> Best
> Chuck
> Duwamish cohousing, Seattle
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:08 AM, Susan Dowds <sjdowds [at]> wrote:
>> At Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge MA we have a household that wants to
>> buy an electric car, and mount a charging station on an exterior wall, near
>> the  parking space.  An adjacent household has heard things about the risk
>> of melt-down and fire of lithium ion batteries like those used in electric
>> cars, and does not want the charger anywhere near their unit.  Have you
>> encountered a similar situation, and if so, how did you handle it?
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