To put EV fires in perspective, consider these statistics from FEMA:
“Each year, from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 171,500 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States, resulting in an annual average of 345 deaths; 1,300 injuries; and $1.1 billion in property loss.1 These highway vehicle fires accounted for 13 percent of fires responded to by fire departments across the nation.”
That’s almost 500 vehicle fires per day, or about one every three minutes.
They’re so commonplace that they rarely make the news, unless there’s a Tesla badge on the hood, and then it’s a big story.
Yes, EVs have the potential to catch fire in some circumstances. Based upon the FEMA statistics, it appears that every vehicle has the potential to catch fire, and many do, at least one every few minutes.
EVs are a fairly new technology, and every attempt should be made to research the causes of EV fires and to design EVs to minimize the chance of a fire, but it’s certainly not an epidemic, and the occasional EV fire shouldn’t be a cause for alarm or sensational headlines.
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