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I saw this recently, assumed it had always been there, thought "Huh, how come I haven't seen that before?" and went on with my day. Thanks for the information, it's great that small additions are being made that can greatly improve safety. I've watched enough Fireman Sam when I was little to know that water and electrical fires are not a good combination.
Good idea, if a bit distracting - should be mandatory on every vehicle.
I'm slightly surprised that the fire brigade didn't identify electric vehicles in general as an issue to be aware of before the Potters Bar fire. It would seem a logical extension of the panels identifying any hazardous materials being carried.
The Potters Bar fire involved two 100% battery powered buses - OME 2660 (where the fire started, caused by human error according to the report) and 2670.

What would happen if a hybrid or full electric vehicle catches fire in the Blackwall Tunnel, an underground car park, or on the Woolwich Ferry?

I don't think people understand the nature of a battery fire. It's a bit like the difference between foam filled furniture and regular furniture back in the 1970s.
IMHO such labels should match the associated fire extinguisher colour to minimize effort required for recognizing what's what (it used to be red for water, cream for foam, black for CO2, green for halon and blue for powder)

That said, when a bus is on fire I suspect the labels don't have much chance presenting themselves (before obscured or even destroyed by the said fire)!
I do wonder about battery safety. Some years ago, someone I knew died in a crash when the car caught fire, which is rare these days. His car was a hybrid and, being near the end of a 140 mile journey, the battery would have been fully charged.
Why would the battery on a hybrid be fully charged near the _end_ of a journey? The most economical would be to use all the electricity and charge at the destination.
Just added - blue lozenges for hydrogen-powered buses.

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