Did the vehicle cargo actually originate in the US or in the far east? I'd expect a RORO rather than a container ship as shown, if the battery wasn't disconnected??
None available in the US now - and it seems an unlikely preference for thieves, but the Hilux is one of the most stolen vehicles down here and extremely popular in Africa....which gives me cause to think that's where they might end up. On the other hand, Nth American product would seem an unlikely preference for sale over there. I'd just imagine the looks on faces if something like an F450 monstrosity turned up on the docks.
A workshop fire nearby killed several hundred grand worth of historic cars via trickle charging a light weight battery. I'm circumspect even leaving a drill or trouble light Li-ion unattended now!
I dont see how this applies to electric cars- this was entirely the fault of Grimaldi, the shipper who had leased this boat.
Also the part where the fire detection system on the ship was de-activated, AND the part where the ship's crew couldn't figure out how to call the firre depaetment!
Quite recently $3.5 Billion loss. USS Bonhomme Richard. A real cluster-flock in following fire mitigation policy.
"The findings, reviewed by CBS News on Tuesday, found that 36 individuals —including the ship's captain and five admirals — were responsible for the loss of the ship, either by their own actions or by a lack of oversight leading up to the alleged arson."
USS Bonhomme Richard's destruction after fire caused by repeated failures, Navy says - CBS News
Ries said:But, interestingly enough, and contrary to your theory, there is a thriving trade in used US "full" sized pickups, particularly to countries who have grown to love them after capturing them from US troops.
This story is quite ironic, and not at all unusual- A texas plumbers Ford shows up being driven by Daesh, in Syria, with his logo still on the door.
Money doesnt care about your politics. Profit is profit.
Plumber sues auctioneer after truck shown with terrorists - CNN
Ries said:So, on the one hand, we have the African market buying F150s and Buicks and Hondas from Ohio, and then we have the US market buying 360 cc Kei cars from Tokyo.
Can understand the middle east might be a ready market, 5 cents a litre makes a lot of things palatable. Nissan Patrols with 2000hp R35 motors spring to mind!
Africa, where even the hint of fuel price increases resulted in deaths and riots in SA not that long ago, just can't picture many running around in F trucks. Nigeria - maybe - among the handful of wealthy I could believe. Long list of casualties there every year trying to tap petrol tankers and pipelines, even so.
Cracked me up That must have been one a them ABC News pintos, eh ?
There is one of the "joke" sized yankee pickups local ..a Ford 450....all sorts of quality stuff like fake plas- chrome wheel nuts ,pickup bed made of a bit of moulded plastic.....the giant thing takes up four parking spaces ...the old (80yr?) owner cant back the giant joke ,even with the help of a crew of 60 year old groupie chicks.....last time I saw it he was stuck in the mall parking lot ,and had to call the towies to get it out .......Not all yank tanks,tho.....there is also a Benz mobile home Ive seen stuck in a parking area....Must be 30 ft long .....reckon next time it gets left home and the Tesla taken shopping.