Ask LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter: Are Electric Vehicles Safe?

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At the Chevy company, advancements in electric cars occur virtually every day. And as these models become more appealing and affordable for our customers, an important question is raised: are electric vehicle (EVs) safe?

Collisions

EVs use the same high-quality materials as gas-powered sedans and Chevy SUVs. In fact, EVs go even further by integrating protective aluminum plating around the battery for an additional layer of protection between the battery and the passengers.

Another factor working in EVs favor is that they have significantly less parts than a traditional combustion-engine car. So, in the event that you get into an accident in an EV, the costs for maintenance and repairs will be cheaper because there’s less to fix and replace.

Weight

In collisions involving electric vehicles, the NHTSA says that the chances of the occupants getting injured in an EV are lower than for gas/diesel-powered vehicles. How much lower? According to the IIHS, injury claims for electric cars are 40 percent lower than for identical gas-powered vehicles.

One of the biggest reasons for this discrepancy is that electric vehicles weigh a lot more due to the presence of their large battery. The heavier the vehicle you buy at our local Chevy dealership, the less force is exerted in a crash, and consequently injuries are fewer.

Flammability

EVs run on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which are flammable. However, millions of electronics products use Li-ion batteries safely every day, with no risk of fire. Li-ion batteries actually pose less of a fire risk than gasoline: whereas gasoline is far more flammable and liable to spread rapidly, any flames elicited by an EV battery are self-contained and easily extinguished.

To make things safer, the latest EVs at LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter also possess a protective cooling layer that surrounds the battery – similar to how a radiator protects a combustion engine. Moreover, the EV battery is installed as an assortment of smaller Li-ion units (rather than one large pack), each one divided from the next by a firewall.

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