Electric cars save lives

A recent study by the American Lung Association suggests that electric cars (EVs) will help to save thousands of lives per year in the US by reducing air pollution. But there is another life-saving design advantage in electric cars.  The lack of an internal combustion engine in the front helps reduce injury and fatality to passengers in frontal collisions.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk uses the analogy of a pool to describe the effect of the massive, engine free, crumple zone during an impact:  “it’s just like jumping into a pool from a high diving board — you want a deep pool and one without rocks in it.”

Tesla and treeA high speed collision with a huge tree in Virginia this week, underlined this point yet again.

See:  Tesla owner credits safety features and lack of an engine for saving his life in a crash.

Here is a picture.  The driver walked out with only scratches.


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