How electric cars can improve road safety

Electric Vehicles Oct 7, 2021

Hello people. This article is about how electric cars can improve road safety.  We already know that electric vehicles do not have emissions. Better air quality will lead to less health problems and costs caused by air pollution.

EVs are also quieter than petrol/diesel vehicles, which means less noise pollution. But electric vehicles might also be able to address another issue that’s affecting people around the world which is road accidents.

Effect of Electric vehicles on road accidents

Road accidents are the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages which is ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Because of the way they are driven and the mechanics inside them, electric vehicles could play a significant role in making our roads safer.

Charging an electric vehicle takes longer than filling up a tank of petrol, and a typical full charge won’t get an EV as far as a typical full tank of a petrol/diesel vehicle. Drivers of electric vehicles are more wary of conserving energy, and drive differently as a result.

One of the ways to save an EV's charge is by driving more slowly. Sticking to the speed limit of less than 100 kilometers per hour on highways saves battery.

Moreover, with an electric vehicle, particularly on long journeys, it requires an extended break to charge. Instead of just filling up a tank of petrol and being on their way, electric vehicle drivers have to wait while their battery charges. Drivers who take breaks are safer than those who do not.

Coming to design, EVs tend to have a lower centre of gravity due to the battery packs and this makes them less likely to roll over. They can also have a lower risk for major fires or explosions and the body construction and durability of EVs may make them safer in a collision.

Liquid fuel spilling from a petrol or diesel car might catch fire and lead to an explosion. But electric vehicle batteries are generally slow-burning and allow ample time to evacuate from a crash site.

Electric vehicles are designed to be intrinsically safe. This means that the power flow of the battery is cut-off as soon as a defect is detected.

In case of an accident, the battery is automatically disconnected from the other high-voltage components and cables within milliseconds. The 12-volt electrical system, however, continues to operate and supply the hazard warning lights. This safety measure alone makes a sudden fire highly unlikely.

Hope this article about how electric cars can improve road safety is useful to you. To read about jobs in the Electric Vehicle Industry, please visit Job opportunities in Electric Vehicle Sector and its Charging Infrastructure industry

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