Drivers of electric cars most often involved in accidents

Drivers of electric cars most often involved in accidents

Drivers of electric cars most often involved in accidents

According to a study by the insurer Axa, electric cars are involved in 50% more accidents than thermal cars.

According to a study by the insurer Axa carried out in Switzerland on 1,200 people, “electric car drivers cause 50% more collisions causing damage to their vehicle than owners of traditional combustion models“A problem in getting used to these still recent car models, it seems.

Indeed, unlike a thermal car whose acceleration is progressive, electric cars have a faster acceleration (overtaking effect). “Our analyzes show that the main risks arise not when reducing speed, but when accelerating.“, Notes the study. “Most electric cars, especially the powerful models, offer very high torque. Just touch the accelerator to realize it. This can cause involuntary, jerky and uncontrollable acceleration“, keep on. This effect would therefore explain the increase in the number of claims recorded bypowerful electric cars“.

This study reveals another weakness of electric cars: the underbody. This can be damaged if it passes over dirt or stones. “The underbody appears to be the Achilles heel of these cars, in the absence of additional battery protection. Drivers need to be aware of this.“Says the study. In fact, if the battery is damaged in an accident, it could catch fire. Another feature noted by the study is the greater weight of electric cars compared to thermal ones. “In the event of a collision, the weight difference between the vehicles involved is decisive. The lighter vehicle is at a disadvantage, as it experiences more energy stress than the heavier vehicle“, Describes the study.

Finally, the study undermines a accepted idea that emergency services would take more risks in the event of an accident involving an electric car. “This fear is unfounded, as the chances that the car is still fueled are very slim.“, explains. In fact, in the event of an accident, the battery is automatically disconnected from the electrical circuit in a few milliseconds, which makes the operation safe.

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