September 28, 2022

A Tesla caught fire during a crash test. Organizer Admits It Was Staged: NPR

Insurance company Axa said it regretted its crash test of a Tesla, in which the front half of the car shattered blame, caused confusion, and the company admitted electric vehicles don’t take no more often fire than combustion engine automobiles. .

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Insurance company Axa said it regretted its crash test of a Tesla, in which the front half of the car shattered blame, caused confusion, and the company admitted electric vehicles don’t take no more often fire than combustion engine automobiles. .

Screenshot by NPR/AGVS / UPSA – Auto Gewerbe Verband Schweiz

A global insurance company is under fire for causing a battery fire during a crash test of a Tesla sedan.

Insurance company Axa claimed to demonstrate how electric cars can quickly explode into a dangerous fire after an accident.

But it wasn’t the Tesla’s battery that caught fire. In fact, Axa had removed the battery from the vehicle before the demonstration in late August, the Paris-based company later said.

A crash test video published by the Swiss Automobile Trade Association shows a yellow Tesla racing towards an obstacle, then flipping over, landing upside down on its roof. Moments later, a pop erupts from the engine and the front half of the car bursts into flames as the crowd in attendance cheers.

Thursday, Axa Switzerland said in a statement that he regretted that the crash test gave a “false impression” and created “confusion”.

The company said it must take action to protect spectators during the demonstration of a battery car catching fire. The car’s battery was removed and the fire extinguished “under controlled conditions”, the firm said.

“Furthermore, the Crash Test with a Tesla vehicle did not cause the type of undercarriage damage that would be likely to trigger a battery fire as the images seem to suggest,” Axa added.

The company admitted in a declaration to the German site 24auto.de that he used pyrotechnics to start the fire.

Axa, which conducts crash testing to raise road safety concerns, said its own data shows electric vehicles do not catch fire at a higher rate than combustion engine automobiles.

Axa Switzerland’s statement also underlined its support for the electric car industry: “We firmly believe that electric vehicles will play a key role in the future of the automobile. is important to thoroughly examine electromobility and its safety.”

Experts believe that electric cars might actually catch fire less often than their gasoline-powered peers, but the fierce flames can be harder to get out.

Still, there is a risk that electric vehicle batteries could ignite, and several automakers have issued recalls in recent years over fears their batteries could catch fire.