Are Electric Vehicles Safer than Gas Vehicles?
Understanding the Safety of Electric Vehicles
When it comes to traveling in vehicles, we want comfort, safety, and reliability. Beyond that, most things are just a matter of personal preference as to style and design. With the latest increase in the number of electric vehicles out there, one concern comes up often. How safe are they?
We see the news and we see reports of these vehicles catching on fire. While any vehicle is prone to fire, are these types even more prone? What about other safety issues? Join Big Sky Collision Center, your choice for the best collision repair in Billings, as we take a look at what makes an electric vehicle safer, or less safe, than its gas counterpart.
Do Electric Vehicles Have More Fires?
If you read the news, you will see stories that come along talking about how electric vehicles catch on fire. Many aren’t intending to be misleading, but some don’t make it a point to clarify the propensity of these fires. Electric vehicles are still rare, and thus when things go wrong they make good headlines that people want to read.
The fact is that gas vehicles are much more likely to catch on fire than electric vehicles. Even when you make all things even (there are many more gas vehicles on the road, thus the overall numbers are going to be much higher), EV’s are safer from fires. This article tells us that gas vehicles have a rate of 55 fires per 1 billion miles traveled, whereas Tesla has a rate of 5 fires per 1 billion miles traveled. More data needs to be collected on other manufacturers, but the idea is that EV’s don’t burst into flames more than gas vehicles.
Crash Results for Electric Vehicles
Logical thinking can help us to identify really why there aren’t as many fires.
When you’re in your gas vehicle, you are operating an internal combustion engine. Your engine creates thousands of fires every second to make everything operate the right way. EV’s don’t have these ignitions.
When you’re in a wreck with your gas vehicle, the engine is hot. If gas leaks, and there are sparks or those small ignitions, it’s a recipe for a fire. As we know, gas is highly combustible. There aren’t flammable fluids leaking from an EV.
Overall Safety of Electric Vehicles
EV’s are made differently. They don’t require quite as much maintenance. You don’t have to do regular oil changes, there are no fuel filters, spark plugs aren’t necessary, and other components of an internal combustion engine simply aren’t there. This means fewer issues to go wrong that can cause an accident due to failure to maintain the vehicle.
To top it all off, electric vehicles are (usually) newer vehicles. So you get the latest and greatest safety features (especially when it comes to manufacturers like Tesla, where they go above and beyond with safety) that will protect you in a crash.
Big Sky Collision Center Repairs Electric Vehicles in Billings
All things said, there are crashes every day with electric vehicles. Some are accidents, some are due to snow and ice, some are due to wildlife collisions. The result, however, is always the same: your vehicle is all banged up.
If you need electric vehicle repair in Billings, Montana, bring it to Big Sky Collision Center. We are certified to work on Tesla and other manufacturers, and we can restore your vehicle to full factory safety standards.