Report: Gas Cars More Likely to Catch on Fire
Jan. 2, 2019—CleanTechnica recently published a report on EV safety, The EV Safety Advantage. One aspect of the report covers the topics of car fires. And the report shows that gasoline cars are at more risk of fire than electric cars.
In fatal vehicle crashes extracted from FARS, incidence of fire was found in 2.6 percent of hybrid vehicles and 4.4 percent of conventional vehicles.
The deadliest fires are mostly due to flammable liquids located in the engine area, with 34 percent of all deaths resulting in that factor. Fires that originated in the fuel tank accounted for 2 percent of all highway vehicle fires but 13 percent of fatal highway vehicle fires and 14 percent of deaths.