AXA simulates the fire of a Tesla to prove that electric cars are more fragile in the event of an accident

An insurance company intends to prove the fragility of electric cars in the event of an accident with a lunar demonstration involving a Tesla… without a battery. Or the element most at risk.

In the eyes of the insurance company AXA, electric cars would be much more vulnerable in the event of an accident, in particular because of a battery which could “ignite”. To prove her point, she organized a test at the end of which an old Tesla Model S caught fire after a crash. Except that it is dishonest: the company indicated on August 30 in the columns of 24auto that the fire was simulated.

AXA wanted to show the risks associated with the battery, which would be liable to explode under extreme conditions (there is a liability on this subject). But his lunar demonstration, which can be viewed on YouTube, relied on a car whose battery was precisely removed for safety reasons. ” Showing a real battery that catches fire would have been too dangerous for the public “, justified AXA. Therefore, the company used pyrotechnic means to intentionally ignite the car.

AXA performs an absurd test to damage the image of 100% electric cars

Absolutely nothing is right with what AXA seeks to do and prove. The test itself is ridiculous as can be: just look at the images to realize it. Getting a car off the ground with the intention of flipping it over and then deliberately setting it on fire is not a very representative protocol of what can happen in real life.

AXA statistics show that drivers of an electric car cause 50% more accidents with damage to their vehicle, compared to those of a thermal car “, tries to argue AXA. Remember that Tesla cars are used to getting very high scores on — independent — safety tests, like other brands.

A fake crash test with a Tesla // Source: Capture YouTube

It’s hard not to see a vast deception here: AXA has a commercial interest in trying to prove that 100% electric cars are more fragile, because the higher the risks, the more it can raise its prices. And with demand for the industry only growing, a rate hike is great news for the finance department and shareholders. The approach, which is really problematic, has been criticized by a large part of the sector. And fortunately, no one is fooled.

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