EV Myth: EVs are a high fire risk

March 13, 2024

Contrary to sensational headlines, EVs are not ticking time bombs on wheels. Many believe EVs are particularly prone to catching fire which is simply not the case. In fact, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, EVs are a staggering 20 times less likely to catch fire compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

Since 2010, there have been just 393 verified and 95 unverified EV traction battery fires globally, as reported by EV Fire Safe. This equates to a minuscule 0.0012% chance of a passenger EV battery catching fire.  Just to put that in context, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that over 10 million EVs were sold worldwide in 2022 alone, so these fires are very few and far between.

And hybrids? Despite assumptions, hybrid vehicles are actually 115 times more at risk of catching fire than pure electric vehicles, according to data from AutoInsuranceEZ.

Several fire-related incidents have implicated EVs without conclusive evidence, such as the Luton Airport Car Park Fire, the Liverpool Car Park fire, a New York Car Park Fire, and the fire aboard the vehicle transporter ship, Freemantle Highway. More details can be found below.

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