The low fire risk from EVs

The newsletter of the Electric Auto Association ( recently highlighted the low fire risk associated with EVs. Their summary was that EVs are 500% less likely to catch fire than conventional vehicles. One statistic they cited was: “UK data from 2019 obtained by Air Quality News revealed that the London Fire Brigade dealt with just 54 EV fires compared to 1,898 petrol and diesel fires.” That ratio is 35-fold. London has a relatively high adoption of EVs, but these numbers are not corrected for the relative number of miles traveled by EVs versus ICEs (internal combustion engines). Gasoline is a extremely dangerous fluid, and it is prone to spill and ignite in a collision. Batteries not so much.