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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 11:10 AM

Claims data points to high-end electric car risks: AXA

Source: Reuters

TECHNOLOGY NEWS AUGUST 22, 2019 / 10:43 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Claims data points to high-end electric car risks: AXA

Michael Shields
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DUEBENDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) - Electric luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) may be 40% more likely to cause accidents than their standard engine counterparts, possibly because drivers are still getting used to their quick acceleration, French insurer AXA said.

The numbers, based on initial trends from claims data and not statistically significant, also suggest small and micro electric cars are slightly less likely to cause accidents than their combustion engine counterparts, AXA said at a crash test demonstration on Thursday.

AXA regularly carries out crash tests for vehicles. This year’s tests, which took place at a disused airport, focused on electric cars.

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Half of electric car drivers in a survey this year by AXA had to adjust their driving to reflect the new acceleration and braking characteristics.

“Maximum acceleration is available immediately, while it takes a moment for internal combustion engines with even strong horsepower to reach maximum acceleration. That places new demands on drivers,” Zahnd said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-insurance/claims-data-points-to-high-end-electric-car-risks-axa-idUSKCN1VC1R4

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