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Petrol Vehicles Ten Times More Likely To Catch Fire Than Electric Cars

Vehicles that run on petrol/gasoline are 10 times more prone to catching fire than electric vehicles, government data from the United States shows.

The data from US’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and recall data from Recalls.gov was compiled by AutoInsuranceEZ to highlight fire safety among vehicles – both electric and traditional.


What cars are more likely to catch fire?

The data looked at petrol, electric, and hybrid cars to determine which cars are more likely to catch fire.

For every 100,000 sales of hybrid cars, 3,474 fires were reported with total fire count at 16,051. For gasoline vehicles, 1,529 fires were reported for every 100,000 sales – with a total of 199,533 fires among cars that run on petrol.

For electric cars, the numbers are quite low. For every 100,000 vehicle sales, 25.1 fires were reported with a total of 52 fires. Among hybrids, the instances of fire may be attributed to petrol combustion in the engine from where the energy is generated.

Also read: World’s Lightest Electric Car, India’s Ekonk Is Lighter Than Maruti Suzuki Alto

Electrek also compiled the data for vehicle recalls in the US for 2020 – most of which were petrol vehicles. 430,000 Hyundai Elantras were recalled for electrical short, as opposed to 82,000 Hyundai Kona EVs that were recalled due to battery issues.


Naturally, petrol vehicles are more susceptible to fire because gasoline is combustible.

Electric vehicles have a host of benefits over petrol vehicles. For starters, if sourced from renewable energy, electric vehicles are environment friendly as opposed to traditional petrol vehicles that contribute to emissions and are not considered clean. More than the electricity itself, it’s where the electricity comes from that decides the cleanliness of an electric vehicle.

Also read: Rolls Royce ‘Spirit of Innovation’: World’s Fastest Electric Vehicle At 623 Kmph

EV market is slowly gaining momentum all over the world. Just yesterday, Mercedes-Benz announced that it would assemble its flagship electric sedan in India. As adoption becomes mainstream, more electric vehicles are expected to pop up in India.


Would you invest in an electric vehicle over petrol ones? Let us know in the comments below. For more in the world of technology and science, keep reading universo virtual.com.


Doll, S., & Doll, S. (2022, January 12). Government data show gasoline vehicles are up to 100x more prone to fires than EVs. Electrek. 

Bodine, R. (2021, December 28). Gas vs. Electric Car Fires [2021 Findings]. AutoinsuranceEZ.Com |. 

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