Electric cars, new dangers on the roads?

if you drive a electric car and that it is also red, be careful! While a survey by used vehicle data expert CarVertical reveals that red cars have the highest complaints, theInsurer Axa adds a layer to this, exposing that EVs record a range ofaccidents superior to conventional combustion vehicles. A phenomenon that can be explained by the acceleration power provided by this type of engines connected.

mistrust “overlay”

as part of new crash tests yearbooks, accidentology researchers fromaxa switzerland thus highlighted the danger of energy supplied by EVs. According to the statistics carried out, the drivers of eletric cars cause 50% more collisions than cars thermal. For good reason: driving the former differs from the latter because the more powerful the vehicle, the greater the risk of accidents. This is due to an often underestimated effect: the overtaking » or involuntary rapid acceleration.

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“Most of eletric cars, especially the powerful models, offers very high torque. Just tap the accelerator to realize it. This can translate into a involuntary acceleration abruptly, uncontrollably », underlines the study by Axa Switzerland. So it is no accident that, again according to insurer reportmore than 50% of electric car users had to review the way you drive and adapt in the first times of handling.

A matter of size (and weight)

Who says electric vehicle says battery. Gold, it affects the powertherefore, in the road holding of the vehicles, but also in their weight and in their construction », recalls Michael Pfäffli, head of Axa’s accident prevention and research department. Heavy, EVs ensure the safety of their occupants greater intrinsic, but more damage to its surroundings when colliding with lighter and disadvantaged vehicles.

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As confirmed Axa dataa very heavy passenger car (over 2,000 kg) causes, on average, 10 % additional material damage compared to a light vehicle (less than 1,000 kg). Furthermore, the older the vehicles and therefore lacking safety systems, the greater the likelihood of personal injury »highlights Michael Pfaffli. The risk also increases by 20 % with a vehicle that is more than ten years old.

ANDextinguish fears of fires

Amid these rather anxiety-inducing conclusions, the Swiss Axa search however, he wanted to reassure EV owners by proving that electric cars had as little risk of catching fire as thermal ones. It must be said that in the event of an accident, the battery is automatically disconnected other high voltage cables and components in milliseconds. As the electrical circuit is cut, operations to rescue people do not present a danger, even in eletric cars », therefore, notes the insurer. According to statistics, only five out of every 10,000 cars catch on fire, with weasel damage being 38 times more common than car fires.

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However, Michael Pfäffli admits that when a electric vehicle ignites, taking into account the phenomenon of thermal runaway, ie the combustion of battery cells, the situation becomes critical. » To prevent the battery from being damaged with serious consequences, Axa therefore recommends that manufacturers work to underbody protectionthis point having been disappointing during the crash tests. The insurer’s accident researchers also recommend further checking this “Achilles heel” in the Euro NCAP assessment.

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