Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Electric cars do not increase the fire risk, say researchers

A Swedish research project states that taking electric cars on a ferry crossing is not associated with greater risk. At least not in relation to fossil cars.

It happens 2 to 3 times a year that ships with cars on board catch fire. A large proportion of these fires occur first and foremost in electronic components.

But this does not mean that there is a greater risk associated with having electric cars on board, for example, ferries.

This is the conclusion of the Swedish research project LASH FIRE .

Here, together with authorities and industry actors, it has been concluded that the fire hazard in electric cars on ships is no greater than in cars with diesel/petrol in the tanks.

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Although electric cars therefore do not pose a greater fire risk than cars that are taken on board various ships, a fire in an electric car is often very difficult to put out.

On the other hand, researcher Magnus Arvidson, who has been involved in the project, believes that ferries' sprinkler systems already deal with burning electric cars on the same level as dealing with a fire in a diesel/petrol car.

Here at home, reports from the National Emergency Management Agency also show that fires in electric cars are rarer than those in fossil-fuel cars. Read more about it here .

Although electric cars do not pose a greater risk, two car brands have been sued because an insurance company believes that flames in lithium ion batteries in electric cars in particular caused 4,000 cars on board the cargo ship Felicity Ace to sink in the Atlantic Ocean in 2022. Read more about it here .

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