Are EVs Getting Written Off More Than ICE Vehicles? It’s Complicated

From Transport Evolved.

We’ve been seeing and hearing a lot about crashed electric vehicles in the news lately – including some of the very first crashed and written off Tesla Cybertrucks.

But one thing that keeps coming up again and again in video comments and in discussion forums is the thorny topic of why so many electric vehicles are being written off compared to internal combustion engine vehicles.

The short answer? It’s complicated. The long answer? Well, it’s not quite as clear-cut as you might think, because modern vehicles — regardless of their type – are more expensive to repair than cars of days done by.

So today, we’re doing a deep dive, explaining some of the reasons why cars are written off – and the three particular challenges that exist for electric vehicles.

00:00 – Introduction
01:27 – EVs are getting written off for less than gas cars
02:25 – Nikki’s personal experience with write-offs
04:05 – ALl modern vehicles are more complex than they used to be – and that affects repairability
05:08 – The three big reasons Evs get written off
05:48 – Tesla Cybertrucks – difficulty to repair body panels.
07:20 – CFRP
09:00 – The problems of parts availability
11:28 – Unkown battery pack damage – usually just suspsected damage
15:15 – So why do written-off EVs end up back on the road?
16:05 – Insurance adjusters don’t get a lot of time to evaluate cars
17:14 – Can you stop your vehicle being written off?
18:03 – Thanks, and Goodbye!

Watch what to do in the event of an electric car accident:


Presenter, Script, Audio: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Camera, Editor, Colorist: M. Horton
Art and Animation: Erin Carlie
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
© Transport Evolved LLC, 2024

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