Mercedes EQE Loaner Automobile Burns Down Inside Florida Home-owner's Storage

A Mercedes-Benz EQE Sedan caught fireplace and burned to a crisp inside a Florida house owner’s storage final week, severely damaging the constructing.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Sedan was within the storage when it caught fireplace on July 19. In accordance with Jennifer Ruotolo, the EV was a loaner from Mercedes-Benz whereas her personal automobile was getting serviced. She informed News4Jax that the posh electrical sedan wasn’t even charging when it burst into flames – she would not personal a house charging unit.

“It was parked within the storage, about 22 hours after which it caught fireplace. I used to be at work. About 8:30 and my husband heard a hiss and a pop, and he went into the storage stuffed with smoke. It engulfed in flames and exploded,” the Nocatee, Florida resident mentioned.

Footage shared by News4Jax confirmed the storage lined in large flames, whereas images confirmed the aftermath of the hearth, together with the utterly destroyed car, the devastated storage, and the injury brought about to the remainder of the home, which is now stuffed with soot.

Jennifer Ruotolo estimated the damages to her dwelling to be nicely over 1,000,000 {dollars} however mentioned an important factor is that her household is secure. Her husband was proper on the following aspect of the wall when the hearth began, however he emerged unscathed, as did the household canine.


The St. Johns County Fireplace Rescue remains to be investigating the precise reason for the hearth and urged EV homeowners concentrate on the potential dangers related to lithium-ion batteries.

Mercedes-Benz issued the next assertion relating to the incident (by way of Carscoops).

“Any time we obtain a report of such an incident, we take the matter very significantly. On this case, we are going to work with applicable officers and consultants to right away search to find out the foundation trigger in order that applicable subsequent steps could be taken. Please perceive that as our investigation is on-going, we’re not able to remark additional at the moment.”

It is value noting that the Mercedes-Benz EQE was topic to a recall issued in Could for a high-voltage battery software program error. Extra particularly, the high-voltage battery monitoring system doesn’t alert the motive force of a battery malfunction, which can improve the chance of an damage. Mercedes mentioned its sellers would replace the battery administration system software program, freed from cost. 

It is not clear whether or not the EQE loaner that burned in Florida was a part of the recall, however the likelihood is very slim contemplating that solely 2 EQE 350+ Sedans have been recalled for this problem.