EVs involved in far more accidents than conventional cars

Numbers from Danish insurance firms show that especially Tesla cars are involved in more accidents than other models.

Photo: Joachim Adrian/Politiken/Ritzau Scanpix

Electric vehicles are more often involved in accidents than other types of car, according to information gathered by Danish daily Politiken from the country's largest insurance companies: Topdanmark, Tryg and Codan.

These firms all report the same thin; that more accidents are registered related to EVs compared to cars with internal combustion engines.

Topdanmark's figures show that EVs were involved in 20 percent more accidents than other car types. For Tesla, that number was as high as 50 percent.

In round figures, Topdanmark has registered 1,500 cases of damage to Tesla cars alone over the past two years, Politiken writes.

"A large part of these are due to accidents where the car, for instance, drives into a concrete pillar in a car park or into the carport at home," says Jens Røpke, head of product development at Topdanmark, to Politiken.

"It probably happens because electric cars accelerate quickly, which can take the driver by surprise. It's a little like driving a bumper car," he adds.

Codan, Tesla's official insurance partner in Scandinavia, notes the same trend.

And this becomes even clearer when looking at figures from their company in Norway, where there are far more EVs from which to gather statistical data.

The numbers from Norway show that 50 percent of new EV owners have an accident within the first year. That number is 25-30 percent for other car owners.

Tesla points one reason for the accidents being that many of the car company's customers switch from shorter, narrower cars.

"Of course, a bigger car requires some getting used to for the driver, even if we have a user-friendly sensor system," Tesla responds in a email.

Neither the Danish Road Directorate nor the Accident Investigation Board Denmark conduct statistics on electric vehicles.

As such, it's unknown how often EVs are involved in serious accidents.

English Edit: Jonas Sahl Jørgensen

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