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Are Electric Cars Just As Safe As Cars With Internal Combustion Engines In The Event Of An Accident?


This question can be concerning if you have any doubts about electric car safety, especially if you have children in the car. Well, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV has been put to the test and has achieved the prestigious 5 star rating on the Euro NCAP test.

Modern electric cars protect their passengers in the event of an accident just as effectively and comprehensively as vehicles with internal combustion engines.

From the initial development stage of electric cars, ŠKODA AUTO’s engineers employ a wide range of measures to ensure vehicles offer maximum safety even in the event of an accident. Particular attention is paid to installing high-voltage batteries in a way where they’re impact-proof and protected from overloading.

The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV – which has achieved the highest score of five stars in the Euro NCAP test – continues the series of top results for ŠKODA vehicles. With occupant protection for adult passengers and children, the all-electric SUV received the highest score ever in the European reference test for crash safety.

The ENYAQ iV’s well-protected high-voltage battery didn’t pose any increased risk. This has also been confirmed in independent studies by accident researchers and fire safety experts: battery electric vehicles have the same level of crash safety as models with conventional combustion engines.

It’s very rare for an electric car to catch fire following an accident. Even a violent impact is not enough to trigger a battery fire. Only in the unlikely event of damage or deformation to the energy storage unit can the battery cells ignite.

The battery pack in the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, for example, is installed in the underbody for crash safety to reduce this risk. The modules are housed in a stable, predominantly waterproof casing.

Engineers pay special attention to preventing the energy storage unit from being overloaded. Sophisticated safety technology with protective relays and extensive sensors ensures the risk of electrical or thermal overload is minimal.

The drive battery’s temperature, state of charge and other parameters are constantly monitored. Also, the high-voltage system is designed to be intrinsically safe; in the event of a defect or accident, the electrical components are disconnected from the battery within milliseconds – so there’s no voltage and no danger to the passengers.

So, it looks like we can rest assured that battery electric vehicles are as safe as petrol and diesel vehicles in the event of an accident.

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