Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasingly popular, but are they safe to drive – or is there a chance they might catch fire or explode? Here's a look at what we know so far about EV fires and explosions.
What Causes an Electric Vehicle Fire or Explosion?
When we talk about electric vehicles “exploding,” we're really talking about what can happen if there's damage to an EV battery.
Electric vehicles run on special lithium-ion batteries rather than gasoline. If these batteries are damaged in any way, such as during a collision or through a manufacturing defect, they can leak and catch fire. If there's enough damage, the hazardous gas produced by a damaged battery may cause an explosion.
EV Injuries from Fire and Explosions
Unsurprisingly, EV fires and explosions can cause severe and even life-changing injuries, depending on what happens at the scene. EV explosion injuries include:
- cuts and lacerations
- eye damage
- head injuries
- smoke inhalation injuries
- soft tissue damage
Are EV Fires and Explosions Common?
According to research, electric cars are less likely to catch fire than regular vehicles. However, EV fires may be trickier to control due to the types of vapors released.
In terms of explosions, there's always a risk that an EV battery could explode. Lithium batteries can explode if there's a design defect or they overheat, but research shows these incidents are rare. The main issue with any study on EV safety, though, is how little data we have. Given how new EVs are, we don't have enough information to determine how safe they are or how likely they are to explode.
Electronic Vehicle Safety Tips
Here are some tips for staying safe on the road if you have an electric vehicle.
- Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for battery maintenance and charging.
- Don't leave your car charging unattended, such as overnight in a garage.
- If you notice your battery overheating, stop driving and have it serviced promptly.
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