Are EVs safe?

EVs are just as safe, if not safer, than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.


Safety is baked in

Electric, petrol and diesel cars are thoroughly tested for their safety and EVs have far fewer moving parts, so there should be less that can go mechanically wrong with them.

The Guardian reported on concerns of EV fires and found electric cars are much less likely to experience a fire. It is also apparent that some rumours blaming EVs continue despite being proven wrong. As with any electrical device, malfunctions do occur, but you can call a recovery service in the normal way.


Water intrusion is difficult

We know that electricity and water are not natural companions. So, what happens if you get your EV wet? Fortunately, all the electrical components are built deep within the car to prevent water intrusion.

This means it is fine to drive in the rain or pass through a car wash. Charging in the rain is also fine, because charging stations and plugs are all insulated.


Monitor your charge

Just as you would monitor fuel levels in a petrol or diesel car, it is worth getting into a routine to monitor your battery charge.

Your car will be equipped with low battery indicators, and therefore by applying a charging rule – such as always charging when your battery falls to 15% – you can keep out of trouble.


Pack a portable

It is possible to carry a compact portable EV battery charger for emergencies, particularly if you regularly travel long distances, or drive in remote locations or inclement weather.

These devices typically cost between £200 and £1000 and can provide up to 30 minutes driving time, or 10 miles of range, which is usually enough to get you to your nearest charging point.



Help is available

If you are nowhere near a charge point, and you break down, a call to your recovery service is the best option.

With the RAC, for example, there’s no need to pay extra – they cover electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars, as well as petrol and diesel vehicles.

Ultimately, we should remember that the circumstances of running out of charge are no different than running out of petrol or diesel.