EV’s are newer tech, and one of the FUD techniques used by legacy automakers is to exaggerate the risk of fire with EVs relative to gasoline cars.
BEVS are far safer than gas cars.
In fact, gas carmakers may be just fine with a high failure rate of their own limited EV efforts, so as to scare customers into keeping their old habits of buying gas cars.
To combat this disinformation, NHSTA can publish data that lays out reliable facts, just like their crash safety data.
Proposal - add some new ratings
1. Fires per billion miles driven. (Track all models, Gas and BEV)
2. Deaths due to fire per billion miles driven. (Track all models, Gas and BEV)
3. BEV fire resistance test - short one cell, and see if fire spreads.
4. BEV fire survivability safety test - number of minutes to exit safely after minimum ignition event has been induced.
Rigorous tests can give consumers reliable data to know which cars are safer.
I believe the extraordinary diligence of Tesla on BEV safety will be abundantly clear with objective test data.
Not all 5 star cars are equal. Tesla’s are statistically 3-5 times safer than other 5 star cars. 15% injury risk is almost 4X higher than 4% risk.
And not all cars have the same fire risk, either.
The data will prove it.
Lobby for these added ratings.
Hint - legacy makers will fight this.