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Are Electric Cars Safe?

If you're thinking about going electric, but are getting flashbacks to historic news articles about EVs catching fire following an accident, we're here to set your mind at ease.


Firstly, the latest generation of EVs have been carefully engineered to avoid this possibility, making fires extremely unlikely in the event of a crash. Modern EV batteries are housed in tough casings, and the cars themselves have safety systems that automatically isolate the battery in the event of a crash.


Secondly, it's important to remember that the rare instances of fires gained more coverage than safety concerns in petrol/diesel vehicles, because at the time electric was a new technology for motoring. Don't forget that electric vehicles are also safer in the sense that they don't carry a tank of flammable fuel.

In terms of other safety features, many electric cars are based on conventional petrol/diesel models, and are therefore built to meet the same strict design and manufacturing regs. The vehicles are then tested by Euro NCAP, with almost all performing as well as their petrol/diesel counterparts.



Details of EVs that have recently received 5-star Euro NCAP safety ratings can be found here. Most recent five star ratings include:

Hyundai IONIQ 6


Nissan Ariya

Kia EV6

Renault Megane E-Tech



Dispelling The Myths

You might also be concerned about charging or driving your electric car in the rain - but fear not! It's perfectly safe to do so. Check out our article about the most common EV charging myths here.



Join The Electric Revolution With Hendy

For more tips and helpful guides about electric/hybrid driving, check out our News page. From the types of vehicles available to information about charging, our series of articles will give you complete confidence when making the switch!



And click here to view the latest electric and hybrid models available at Hendy!