Let’s start by looking at some electric car fire statistics that you might find interesting.
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This information comes from the latest data on car fires from the NTSB and was calculated by taking vehicle sales data from the BTS.
Battery-electric vehicles are only .03% likely to ignite, compared to 1.5% for gas-powered vehicles and 3.4% for hybrid vehicles.
During 2018, vehicle fires caused $1.9 billion in direct property damage in the US.
Key Electric Car Fire Statistics
- Only 52 electric vehicles caught fire in 2020.
- Electric-powered vehicles have the least risk of catching fire according to data from NTSB.
- Hybrid-powered vehicles are at the highest risk of catching fire.
- An estimated 215,000 vehicles will catch fire in 2020.
Car Fire Statistics By Brand (3 year data)
Total Number of reported highway vehicle fires 1980 to 2020
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Which Cars Catch On Fire The Most
Plug-in hybrids and hybrid-electric vehicles catch on fire the most because of the high voltage battery packs they contain. Lithium ion batteries are known to be volatile and can easily ignite if damaged or overheated. A number of fires have been reported in these types of vehicles, and it’s something that manufacturers are working hard to address.
How Many Cars Catch Fire Every Year
On average, 213,000 cars catch fire every year in the United States. This averages out to about 600 car fires per day. The vast majority of these – around 190,000 – are sparked by mechanical or electrical problems, while the rest are started by accidents or arson.
Electric Car Catches Fire While Charging
Based on our study, estimated 3-5 electric cars catch fire while charging in the period 2019-2022. It’s important to note that millions of electric cars are on the road today and only a very small percentage have caught fire.
According to the latest statistics on electric cars catching fire, there are 52 reported fires in 2020.
Tesla Car Fire Statistics
From 2012 to 2019, Tesla vehicles have had a fire rate of one for every 175 million miles traveled. By comparison, the U.S. averages a vehicle fire for every 19 million miles traveled.
How many Tesla Car Fires Per Year
There are 4-5 Tesla cars that catch fire a year. This is significantly less than the average number of car fires per year, which is around 213,000.
The reason Tesla fires are so heavily covered in the news is because they are electric cars and are thus seen as a major advancement in automobile technology. So any time there’s even a small issue with one of these cars, it makes headlines.
In reality, Tesla cars are extremely safe and have an excellent safety record. The odds of being in a car accident are much higher than the odds of experiencing a problem with a Tesla car.
Can Electric Cars Catch Fire While Charging
Yes, electric cars can catch fire while charging.
It’s important to have a basic understanding of how electric cars work and why they need to be charged to understand this situation.
Electric cars are powered by an electric motor, which is powered by a battery pack. The battery pack is charged using an outlet that is connected to your home’s electrical system.
If the car battery pack is damaged or defective, it can catch fire while charging. This happens because of the way in which the battery pack is designed and constructed.
The battery pack consists of many smaller cells that are wired together in series to produce voltage for the electric motor and other components within the car. These cells can short circuit when damaged or defective, causing them to overheat and catch fire as a result of this short circuit condition.
It’s important for drivers who own electric vehicles to never leave their vehicles unattended while charging them at home or elsewhere (such as at a public charging station).