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Old 25th May 2018, 23:31
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Turbine D
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Original Post by MG23
I know people who've crashed petrol cars at similar speeds and not one of them caught fire. What makes you think it would have done in this case?

Whereas Teslas have a reputation for catching fire in a crash, and being impossible to put out. Because electric. So being retained in the car by seat belts may be the last thing you want to happen. Getting thrown out may well save your life.

One in March, which fortunately didn't kill the driver:
This is what what makes me think and the police who were on the scene after the crash:
Are electric cars more likely to catch fire?
The simple answer is probably not. Chances are they might even be safer, though it's tough to say that definitively.
"The propensity and severity of fires and explosions from ... lithium ion battery systems are anticipated to be somewhat comparable to or perhaps slightly less than those for gasoline or diesel vehicular fuels," according to the results of an in-depth investigation into the relative fire risks of the two types of vehicles conducted by Battelle for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last fall.
About 174,000 vehicle fires were reported in the United States in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the National Fire Protection Association. Virtually all of those fires involved gasoline powered cars. That works out to about one every three minutes.
Tesla claims that gasoline powered cars are about 11 times more likely to catch fire than a Tesla. It says the best comparison is fires per 1 billion miles driven. It says the 300,000 Teslas on the road have been driven a total of 7.5 billion miles, and about 40 fires have been reported. That works out to five fires for every billion miles traveled, compared to a rate of 55 fires per billion miles traveled in gasoline cars.
But still there’s not enough data to make valid comparisons at this point.

Guess every crash is unique, correct?
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