Tesla to answer for phantom braking issues
More than 750 Tesla drivers have complained to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about unmediated braking manoeuvres of their cars when controlled by the Autopilot system. Tesla must respond to the allegations by 20 June.
Fire statistics confirm EVs are safer
Even though burning electric cars often get a lot of attention in the media, the fire of an electric car is significantly less likely than that of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. This not-so-new finding was confirmed by a recent analysis of car fires in the US.
Rosenbauer reveals extinguisher for battery fires
The Austrian-based international fire department supplier Rosenbauer has presented a new extinguishing system for burning traction batteries in electric vehicles. Also in Austria, a study has been published on electric vehicles fires in Austrian road tunnels.
Battery-electric bandits foiled
Two young men attempted to vandalize a charging Tesla in a parking garage. Not only did the attempt to forcibly remove the charging cable fail – Tesla’s ‘Sentry Mode’ recorded the incident and the video went viral on Youtube with over 700,000 hits within a few days.
Don’t drink and scoot
In an effort to make streets a little safer, 26 people were booked in Copenhagen over the last few days for operating electric scooters with a blood-alcohol level above the limit, while four others were found to be under the influence of drugs.
FEMA throws out fiery stats for cars
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.
Electric scooter so safe you may not need a helmet
German scootermaker Govecs is working on a scooter supposed to be so safe, drivers will not require a helmet. In order to receive approval from the authorities, Govecs has turned to BMW. The carmaker has a patent pending for such a safety technology and was open to a licensing agreement, says Govecs.