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Earlier this year, we reported that electric cars in Sweden don't catch fire as often as gasoline and diesel cars. Now, official numbers from the world's country with the highest share of electric cars, Norway, say the same thing.
Motor.no has spoken with Kjetil Solberg from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB).
"Electric cars rarely catch fire, and much less frequently than gasoline and diesel cars," he says.
"We also see that when electric cars do burn, it's most often in the interior and the plastic, and rarely in the battery."
The reason many pessimists believe electric cars catch fire more often is because of the battery. But this has proven to be naive.
"The damage seldom reaches the actual battery," says Rune Wiggo Johnsen, who is a fire chief and response leader in the fire department and works with training in handling electric cars. His experience is that the battery pack is the strongest component in a car, according to elbil.no.
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