Tesla and EVs Fire Safety
A recent report argues that ICE or gas cars are more likely to catch fire than a Tesla or EV (electric vehicle). In fact, the report says ICE cars are 19 times more likely to catch fire using compiled statistics for car fires from 2022.
In 2022, 24 electric or plug-in hybrid cars caught fire in Sweden, which is about 0.004% of all electric and PHEV (hybrid cars). Of all the fossil fuel-driven cars or ICE cars, about 0.08% caught fire.
The number of fires in electric cars has remained around 20 per year for the last three years, even though the number of electric cars has almost double to nearly 611,00, MSB points out.
This report claims that it should put to rest any concern that electric cars are dangerous due to a high fire risk, which is often put forward by opponents of electric cars.
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How safe are Tesla vehicles, then? Often times, if a Tesla vehicle catches fire for any reason, it makes front page news. Anything regarding Tesla makes front page news, and fires are no different.
I used to see news reports of fires in Tesla vehicles, but haven't seen as many lately. Often times, those news reports involve arson or some created event that was outside normal driving conditions.
Tesla vehicles are known for their safety. You can read reports about a Tesla car fire and that they are more difficult to put out. That may be true. I would love to see someone who has a lot of viewership take a Tesla and set it on fire with a gas car next to it and both are attempted to be put out using the same amount of water to see which fire burns more and takes longer to put out.
Fortunately, for a Tesla vehicle, there is a manual release for the door that opens it even if the power to the vehicle went out somehow. This manual release is important if you ever need to exit the car for any reason.
There is a myth that Tesla vehicles are catching on fire, and that needs to be put to rest. Statistically speaking, an EV is much less likely to catch on fire. It doesn't mean they can't catch fire - it just means it is a lot less likely.
What do you think about fires and Tesla vehicles and electric vehicles compared to gas cars catching on fire? Are EVs safer?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.