It has been established in the popular belief that electric vehicles have a greater tendency to burn than those equipped with a combustion engine. However, a study conducted in Sweden claims otherwise.
In recent years, electric vehicles have grown in popularity and become an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional internal combustion vehicles.
However, your growth must still overcome some barriers and certain beliefs do not contribute to it. For example, there is a deeply rooted belief in society that electric vehicles are inherently dangerous due to the possibility of fires in their battery systems. And there’s no question that car fires are a serious and legitimate concern.
However, the excessive focus on the electric vehicles so prone to fires it can be misleading. The belief is based on the idea that lithium-ion batteries, used in electric vehicles, are inherently unsafe and more likely to catch fire compared to fossil fuels used in internal combustion vehicles.
the reality is very differentat least according to the results of the study carried out in Sweden and which compiles the fires in vehicles of all kinds that have occurred in the Nordic country between 2018 and 2022.
What the vehicle fire study says
The study has been carried out by the Norwegian Agency for Social Security and Emergency Preparedness (MSB).
It reveals that, during the year 2022, a total of 106 fires in various electrical means of transportboth in those that work completely with electrical energy and in those that do so partially.
Most of these fires occurred on electric scooters, with 38 cases, followed by passenger cars with 23 cases and electric bicycles with 20 cases. Meanwhile, hoverboard fires have decreased in recent years, but electric scooters have seen an increase.
In addition, they were included in the collection of data on truck and bus fires that use electrical energy, either in whole or in part. However, most trucks and buses still run on diesel, according to Ulf Bergholm, manager of MSB’s accident learning unit.
As to electric carsIn the last three years, an average of about 20 fires a year has been observed, despite the fact that the number of electric cars in circulation has almost doubled to almost 611,000.
By comparison, there are nearly 4.4 million cars powered by other fuels. During that same period, approximately 3400 carsregardless of the fuel used, they were involved in fires.
Looking at the number of fires per vehicle and comparing by fuel type, there are still more cases of fires in passenger cars powered by fossil fuels than those wholly or partially powered by lithium-ion batteries.