Two new evaluations indicated that overall, electric vehicles are at least as safe as conventional … [+] ones.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
As electric vehicles (EVs) become more common, so are the opportunities to assess their protective abilities. Two new evaluations have found that overall, vehicles that run exclusively on battery power are at least as safe as conventional ones.
This “growing evidence” is based on new crash tests of two electric vehicles that recently earned top safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a new analysis of insurance safety data that indicated that injury claims are substantially less frequent in crashes involving electric vehicles.
The results of the new examinations were released on Thursday by the Insurance Institute, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.
“It’s fantastic to see more proof that these vehicles are as safe as or safer than gasoline- and diesel-powered cars,” David Harkey, president of the insurance institute, said in a statement. “We can now say with confidence that making the U.S. fleet more environmentally friendly doesn’t require any compromises in terms of safety…