Turtle Fire System featured on Fox 5 NY EV segment

Man and woman discuss electric vehicle nozzle called the Turtle Fire System

Electric Vehicles continue to dominate the headlines. This is no surprise when “global EV sales are on track to meet or outpace even the most ambitious net-zero timelines and could account for more than two-thirds of market share by 2030” according to new analysis by RMI in partnership with the Bezos Earth Fund.

Even though New Jersey and New York rank high for Electric Vehicle Registrations by State, 5th and 6th respectively, they still only account for around 1% of registered vehicles according to 2022 data from the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Fox5 New York segment Power Up: EVs on the Road

Female reporter in front of electric vehicle image

To help raise consumer awareness across the tri-state, Fox 5 New York aired a multi-part series which looked at common concerns surrounding electric vehicles. In the series, Power Up EVs On The Road, Ines Rosales addressed topics ranging from total cost of ownership to range anxiety to what happens when they catch fire.

 

The segment on electric vehicle fires featured an interview with Turtle Fire System Founder, Buddy Hayes. Hayes shared that the design for Turtle Fire System was inspired by the Bresnan Distributor nozzle or cellar nozzle which has been a tool in the fire service for over a century. We “took the math from that device and…laid it out over this dome,” Hayes explained. “We situated the holes so in the event the car does come down on [the Turtle Fire System] we still have water flowing around it.”

Hayes went on to describe another vital element of the under the vehicle nozzle, the steel pipe. “When I first designed this system, one of my first priorities was protecting the hose line under the car,” said Hayes. He went on to explain that if the hose line was connected directly to the nozzle, it would be “right where the jet flames are coming from the underside of the vehicle [and it] would be the first thing to go because we have no thermal barrier for those flames.”

Because of this, the system was designed with a cam and groove connection between the nozzle head and the steel pipe. This prevents firefighters from attaching a hose line directly to the nozzle and ensures a thermal barrier.

In addition to providing thermal protection for the hose, the steel pipe provides leverage for deployment and prevents hose impingement should the tires fail causing the vehicle to drop.

Head over to Fox 5 New York to view the full electric vehicle fire video news feature and article.