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  • Writer's pictureGregory Andrews

The Facts on EVs and Fires

As EVs gain more and more popularity and market share, climate change denialists and fossil fuel proponents feel threatened. In response, they're spreading misinformation and creating misconceptions, particularly in relation to fires.


So what are the facts? Are EV's really catching fire all the time? The answer is a resounding "No". The data shows EVs are up to 100 times less likely to catch fire than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.


Government and independent analyses consistently show a lower incidence of EV fires compared to ICE vehicles. The US National Transportation Safety Board found EVs contribute to a minute fraction of total vehicle fires. According to the US National Fire Protection Association, while vehicle fires account for a significant portion of all fires, EVs account for only 2 out of every 10,000.




The higher fire risk for ICE vehicles is due to their operation mechanism. Burning fuel to power vehicles obviously poses greater risks of ignition. EVs have no need for combustion. So this reduces their fire risk.


All vehicles carry fire risks. But the evidence shows the risk is significantly lower for EVs. Misconceptions that EVs keep catching fire are driven by mischief, misinformation, social media algorithms and a lack of understanding of new technology.


My family sleeps very well with two EVs parked in our garage each night.



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Mij Bril
Mij Bril
29 mar.

In 2004, my MR2 when I was in the UK caught fire (an alternator malfunction), the response from a local who was gardening was a little dismaying, "can't help you mate, call the fire brigade" while he had a hose in his front yard...., the thought of Blade batteries in a BYD catching fire is non-existent.

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Nigel Howard
Nigel Howard
29 mar.

Good work Greg, I've added this to the brief for our little EV with bi-directional charging campaign.

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