Because we have fewer EVs on the road than petrol cars, you would expect to have fewer fires in total from EVs. And you do. In fact, though, you have far fewer fires than you'd expect.
Gasoline powered cars are about 11 times more likely to catch fire than a Tesla. The best comparison is fires per 1 billion miles driven. The 300,000 Teslas on the road have been driven a total of 7.5 billion miles, and about 40 fires have been reported. That works out to five fires for every billion miles traveled, compared to a rate of 55 fires per billion miles traveled in gasoline cars.
[Source: Inside EVs]
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