Hybrids are recognized as the most fire hazardous – they catch fire twice as often as gasoline models and 120 times more often than electric cars.
The risk of fire in an electric car is 60 times less than in a gasoline car. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the American website AutoinsuranceEZ.
Experts analyzed data from insurance companies and the US National Transportation Safety Board. It turned out that contrary to stereotypes, electric cars catch fire much less often than gasoline models.
It turned out that in 2021 there were 199,532 fire cases (due to accidents or other reasons) in gasoline cars, 16,051 in hybrids, and only 52 in electric vehicles.
According to statistics, there are an average of 25.1 fires per 100,000 electric cars. For comparison, 1529.9 fires were recorded per 100 thousand petrol cars. Hybrids turned out to be the most dangerous – 3474.5 fires per 100 thousand cars.
Gasoline cars predominate among the models that fell under the reviews due to fire-hazardous defects:
- Hyundai Elantra (gasoline) – 430,000 recalled vehicles
- Kia Sportage and Cadenza (petrol) – 308,000
- Honda Odyssey (petrol) – 250,000
- Genesis G80 (petrol) – 95,000
- Hyundai Kona (electric) – 82,000
- Chevrolet Bolt (electric) – 70,000
- Chrysler Pacifica (hybrid) – 27,600
- BMW 530e/330e/X5 XDrive 45e/745e (Hybrid) – 4500
- McLaren 720S and Senna-2800
At the same time, experts note that extinguishing electric cars and hybrids with lithium-ion batteries is more difficult. They need to be filled with a huge amount of water and after the fire is extinguished, the temperature of the battery must be monitored for another day so that the combustion does not resume.