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Electric Cars vs. ICE Vehicles: A Safety Showdown

January 27, 2023 by The Parrish Law Firm

Tesla changed the world. Now nearly every car manufacturer is following suit by turning their regular gas vehicles into vehicles that run on electricity instead. Needless to say electric cars have been gaining popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Not only are they better for the environment, but they may also be safer than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. That’s right, they’re pretty much better in every way. Let’s dive into why electric vehicles (EVs) are safer than ICE vehicles.

Less Parts

Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than ICE vehicles, which means there is less that can go wrong. Electric cars don’t have a bulky engine taking up space in the front of the vehicle, which allows for more crumple zones to absorb impact in the event of a collision. This can make electric cars safer in front-end crashes. Not only that, but because a big engine doesn’t need to be installed in the front section of EVs, Tesla created the notoriously named Frunk…yes, that’s a trunk in the front of their vehicles. It gives you even more storage room, making it a practical use of space. 

In terms of maintenance, EVs require less maintenance than ICE vehicles because they don’t have oil changes, spark plugs, or exhaust systems to worry about. This can save drivers time and money, and it can also make roads safer as properly maintained vehicles are less likely to break down on the road.

No Gas

Electric cars do not have a gas tank, which eliminates the risk of fire in the event of a crash. According to the National Fire Protection Association, vehicle fires are responsible for an average of approximately 300 deaths and 1,200 injuries in the United States each year. By eliminating the risk of fire, electric cars make roads safer for everyone.

Quick Reflexes

EVs are less likely to stall or break down on the road, which can be a safety hazard for both the driver and other road users. Electric cars also have instant torque, which means they can accelerate quickly and easily, which can help drivers avoid accidents that ICE cars would not be able to avoid due to a slower pickup.


Vehicle manufacturers like Tesla and Volkswagen are taking safety it a step further by adding advanced safety features to their EVs. For example, many Tesla vehicles come equipped with Autopilot, a driver assistance system that can help with steering, braking, acceleration and more on the road. In fact, Tesla’s autopilot feature can handle up to 99% of all road functions, requiring little effort from the driver. This feature has also been shown to help prevent accidents caused by driver error or lack of attention. Watch This Tesla Model 3 Stop Itself To Avoid Horrific Crash: Video Tesla vehicles also come with a suite of sensors and cameras that provide 360-degree visibility, which can help drivers detect many potential hazards on the road that are missed by the naked eye. Finally, Teslas are built with a high-strength steel and aluminum body structure which performs better than many ICE vehicles of the same size in terms of collision safety.

Volkswagen, on the other hand, has developed an advanced safety system called IQ.DRIVE, which includes features such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and park assist. These features can help prevent accidents caused by driver error or inattention and can make the driving experience more comfortable and convenient. Furthermore, the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles come with an automatic emergency braking system that can detect pedestrians and other vehicles and can help prevent collisions. This feature along with other advanced safety systems help make Volkswagen EVs some of the safest cars on the road.


One potential safety concern with electric cars that exists is…you guessed it: the risk of electric shock. That said, it is worth noting that this risk is minimal as electric cars are built with safety features such as insulated wires and safety switches that prevent electric shock. Regardless, it’s something to be aware of because we don’t know about you, but we’d rather not get electrocuted. 

Electric cars have many safety advantages over traditional ICE vehicles. They have fewer moving parts, more crumple zones, and no gas tank, which can reduce the risk of fire in the event of a crash. Additionally, electric cars are typically quieter, produce zero emissions, and have instant torque, which can also help prevent accidents. Many manufacturers are following in Tesla and Volkswagen’s steps by adding advanced safety features to their electric vehicles which can make the driving experience more comfortable, convenient and of course safer. Overall, we agree with the claim that electric cars are a safer option for drivers and as a bonus, are better for the environment as well. 

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