Electric Vehicle Safety features

Vans have often not had quite the same choice of safety features. One of the major benefits of running an electric vehicle (EV) is the technology used in this next generation of commercial vehicles often boast many advanced safety features that are often options on diesel models.

Whilst this obviously will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and indeed model by model, overall this is often the case. But before we look at the many advanced safety systems it perhaps also worth remembering that the electric commercial vehicle can from its very design by structurally safer than a conventional vehicle.

Structurally safer

By design, the batteries are often positioned under the floor of the load compartment to ensure the load volume of the cargo area is the same as its diesel equivalent. This also acts to lower the centre of gravity which will help increase the overall vehicle safety and therefore reduce the risk of a rollover.

Less chance of mechanical failures

Of course, an electric vehicle has a lot simpler driveline with many less moving parts than an internal combustion engine and gearbox, this helps reduce the chances of encountering certain key mechanical failures, meaning you're less likely to be stranded or experience mechanical issues whilst on the road.

Driver protective features

Driver airbags and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are standard on the vast majority of electric commercial vans. Furthermore, passive safety systems like crumple zones or active headrest, which help protect occupants in a crash, are now usual. The varying design of EVs allows manufacturers to reposition airbags for the most suitable purpose and use.

Instant torque

Torque is how much power an engine can produce. The greater the torque, the faster the acceleration that propels the vehicle. Battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have better torque performance compared to internal combustion engine. EVs can deliver 'peak or maximum torque' instantaneously, producing immediate accelerations – so yes, you can get away at the light faster but you could also have better, swifter avoidance of unpredictable road dangers.

Advanced safety features

Electric vehicles are the most advanced vehicles currently running on the road. There are many safety features included in electric vehicles as either standard or optional add-ons. The safety features depend on a number of sensors and cameras and provide safety features such as blind spot warning, parking sensors, lane assist, automatic emergency breaking and more. Running costs are definitely not the only advantages of EVs.

Battery management system

EV battery management systems (BMS) are designed to monitor and manage the battery's performance, to ensure it operates safely and efficiently. Sensors monitor the battery's state of charge, temperature, and voltage, and make adjustments to optimise performance. It helps to prevent overcharging, overheating, and other issues that can impact battery performance and pose safety risks.

Battery safety features

Most electric-drive vehicles are designed with cutoff switches to isolate the battery and disable the electric system, and high-voltage power cables typically are clearly designated with distinctive colouring or markings.

Less risk of vehicle fires

Risks of vehicle fires has been a much commented on subject in the news lately. Fleet News have a recent article which stated: With data corroborated from a US insurer, the study found that EVs suffer 25 fires per 100,000 sold. Petrol or diesel vehicles were found to experience 1,530 fires per 100,000, with hybrid vehicles at a notably higher risk of 3,475 fires per 100,000. You can read more of the Fleet News article.

Overall electric vehicles are cheaper to run but also as we have just seen offer many security and safety measures. With our A3 EV grant making the purchase of a new electric van more affordable, you too could enjoy the safety of an electric vehicle.

  • Reviewed: 04 Mar 2024

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