The words “Google it” are probably among the most annoying things that a Tesla owner could encounter today, especially when it comes to outdated and inaccurate preconceptions about EVs in general. Despite the prevalence of electric vehicles today, after all, there is still a ton of misinformation being pushed against EVs on a surprisingly consistent basis, especially with regards to the alleged “danger” they pose.
One of the most persistent false claims about electric cars is the idea that they are more dangerous than internal combustion vehicles due to their batteries. The idea of Teslas randomly bursting into flame en masse may be a compelling narrative for the company’s critics, but the numbers don’t really back them up. EV batteries just don’t catch fire as frequently as the internal combustion engine.
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Such an idea was apparently lost on a “concerned resident” who encountered a Tesla Model 3 this month. After finding the car plugged into a charger at a residential parking garage, the resident decided to unplug the Model 3 because “overcharging in this heat will blow up this battery.” For good measure, the “concerned resident” also advised the Tesla owner to Google “Tesla battery blow up.” In a Facebook post about the incident, the Model 3 owner remarked that he was quite...
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