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Porsches, Audis, luxury cars in cargo ship catch fire mid-ocean






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Reuters – A cargo ship carrying thousands of luxury cars, including Porsches, Audis and Bentleys, goes up in flames while adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of Azores, a region in Portugal.

The Felicity Ace, a 200-metre-long roll-on/roll-off car-carrying ship, caught fire on Wednesday (Feb 16) while loaded with around 4,000 vehicles from Porsche, Volkswagen, Bentley and Audi, to name a few.

The captain of the nearest port told Reuters on Friday (Feb 18) that the ship would be towed to another Bahamas or another European country.

It was reported that the lithium-ion batteries in the electric cars on board caught fire, requiring specialist equipment to extinguish.



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A statement released by the Portuguese Navy noted that the fire spread to the cargo hold, forcing all 22 crew members to abandon the ship.

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Porsche’s ambitious EV plans don’t include an all-electric 911

The all-electric Porsche Taycan Turbo.

Source: Porsche AG

Luxury German automaker Porsche expects to significantly increase sales of all-electric vehicles in the coming years, but don’t expect an EV version of its iconic 911 sports car anytime soon, if ever.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said the 911 will be the “last Porsche which is going for full electrification,” if it ever fully becomes an EV. That’s despite the company announcing a new plan for at least 80% of its vehicles sold to be electrified by 2030.

“The 911 is our icon. We will continue to build the 911 with a combustion engine,” he told reporters during a media call ahead of its annual meeting Friday morning. “The concept of the 911 doesn’t allow a fully electric car because we have the engine in the rear. To put the weight of the battery in the rear, you wouldn’t be able to

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