EVs Safer Than Internal Combustion Cars?

 

 

Image from Wired magazine article discussing the National Traffic Safety's decision that there was no defect trend in the two Model S fires that occurred in 2013. http://www.wired.com/2014/03/tesla-feds-armor/

Image from Wired magazine article discussing the National Traffic Safety’s decision that there was no defect trend in the two Model S fires that occurred in 2013. http://www.wired.com/2014/03/tesla-feds-armor/

There is a common misconception that EVs aren’t as safe as traditional gas cars, many people have been led to believe that they are more likely to catch fire than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars; but in fact EVs may be safer than ICEs. EV batteries are heavy, but since EVs require less parts they have more freedom in their internal arrangement and the battery can be placed underneath the car in the middle creating a low center of gravity and offering more stability than most ICEs. In addition a central battery frees room for the front of the car to become a “crumple zone” — rather than housing an engine the front of the car can function purely as a safety feature that absorbs and slows down a car during a frontal collision.

 

Tesla Model S Frontal Crash

Tesla Model S Frontal Crash

 

You can read more about the myth that EVs are more likely to catch fire than ICE vehicles in Luke Byrne’s blog post here.

 

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