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EV fires: A burning issue

IDTechEX’s Dr James Edmondson asks are EV fires now less common but more problematic?

28 January 2022
IDTechEx collated data from 96 EV fire incidents. Many occur without an obvious cause (Source: IDTechEx Research)

 

Fires in electric vehicles (EVs) gain a lot of media attention in comparison to their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. But a crucial question for the future of mobility is whether EVs are actually any more likely to catch fire than an ICE vehicle?

There is always a non-zero risk of lithium-ion batteries entering thermal runaway, but the key points are how likely is a fire, how problematic is an...

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