While a big deal is commonly made of any electric vehicle catching fire, often their combustion counterparts do not find that kind of attention to safety from the media and manufacturers. A comprehensive overview of how much of a danger vehicle combustion really poses to drivers has been missing from the conversation – until now.
Now FEMA report shows the whole picture: “from 2014 to 2016 an estimated 171,500 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States, resulting in an annual average of 345 deaths; 1,300 injuries; and $1.1 billion in property loss.” While the report does not differentiate between battery electric and combustion vehicles, the number looms far larger than what we have seen aimed at electric vehicle manufacturers.
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