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EV fire danger myth busted

Tusker debunks EV fire risk myth; data shows electric vehicles less likely to catch fire than petrol or diesel counterparts.


There is a commonly-held belief that electric vans and trucks catch fire more easily than diesel ones – a fact that may be holding potential buyers back from investing in zero emission vehicles.

This myth has now been busted by salary sacrifice specialist Tusker, which analysed data from its fleet of more than 30,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to understand if there was any truth behind some of the commonly shared rumours surrounding them.

The Lloyds-owned business claims that misinformation is being spread widely on social media and even being published by national newspapers.

One of the most commonly shared EV myths is that they regularly catch fire. While it’s no secret that EV fires present an increased danger once the battery starts burning, Tusker’s data proves that the likelihood of an EV catching fire is significantly less than that of a petrol or diesel equivalent. In fact, the company’s insurance records show that not a single one of the EVs on its fleet have caught fire.

Acknowledging that some fires are inevitable – not least due to arson, which is the cause of around 65% of car fires each year – Tusker’s managing director Kit Wisdom said:

We had two or three fires because somebody was smoking carelessly in a vehicle. Another one resulted out of the Luton Airport blaze. But this is the normal occurrence of fire that you would expect. Nothing has been caused, at least from our data, as a result of any issue with an electric vehicle.


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