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Are electric cars safe?

People usually have two concerns about EV safety. The first worry is about the battery. EVs are built to protect the battery in crashes — even severe crashes. In most EVs the battery is located in the frame of the vehicle between the front and rear wheels. This ensures that the battery will remain unaffected by most crashes.

Another concern that people have about EVs is how will they protect passengers with no engine to protect people in a front end collision. This is actually a misconception. The engine doesn’t protect passengers, it is actually a danger. In high speed front end collisions, there is a danger that the engine can get shoved backwards into the cabin of the car. In an EV, since there is no engine, this danger is eliminated. Instead that space is used as part of the “crumble zone” that will absorb the energy from a collision and protect the car’s occupants.

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