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AXA Says Electric SUVs 40% Moiré Likely To Face Accidents Than Conventional Ones


AXA Says Electric SUVs 40% Moiré Likely To Face Accidents Than Conventional Ones
According to estimates by French insurer AXA, there is a 40 per cent more likelihood of accidents happening for electric luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) compared to the conventional SUVs potentially because drivers are still unable to completely adjust to quick the quick acceleration of EVs.
The conclusion has been arrived at on the basis of the initial trends from claims data and are not year very significant statistically, the company said. It however said that these numbers there is a slightly less chances of accidents with small and micro electric cars compared to the same vehicles with the conventional internal combustion engines. These comments were made by the French insurance company during a crash test demonstration event,.
Crash tests for vehicles are regularly carried out by AXA. This year, the company focused on crashes involving electric cars.
Bettina Zahnd, head of accident research and prevention at AXA Switzerland said that according to liability insurance claims data for “7,000 year risks”, the rate of accidents of electric vehicles are about the same as for regular cars on the overall. The v“7,000 year risks” is the figure derived from a 1,000 vehicles on the road for seven years.
“We saw that in the micro and small-car classes slightly fewer accidents are caused by electric autos. If you look at the luxury and SUV classes, however, we see 40% more accidents with electric vehicles,” Zahnd said. “We of course have thought about what causes this and acceleration is certainly a topic.”
The acceleration of electric cars in addition to be quick, is also very strong irrespective of how high the revolutions per minute. That would mean that the electric vehicles would travel faster than intended by the drivers. Drivers needed to adjust their driving to adapt to the new acceleration and braking characteristics of electric cars, said almost half of electric car drivers participating in a survey this year by AXA.
“Maximum acceleration is available immediately, while it takes a moment for internal combustion engines with even strong horsepower to reach maximum acceleration. That places new demands on drivers,” Zahnd said.
The falling price of vehicles and increase in the number of charging stations is increasing the sales of electric cars.
AXA said that last year, less than 1 per cent of the total cars on the road in Switzerland and Germany were electric cars but the number was 1.8 per cent of the sale of new car in Switzerland which was 6.6 per cent when hybrids are included.
AXA said, in terms of health danger to people inside a car meeting with an accident, electric and conventional cars were very similar. This was arrived at after the firm conducted the same crash tests for electric and conventional cars fitted with the same passive safety features like airbags and seatbelts.
However, most people were not equipped in terms of what to do and how to react if they come across an electric vehicle crash scene, showed another AXA survey.