According to new research by Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), Tesla owners are 50% less likely to crash while driving their cars. The new research was presented by CMT, which is the world’s largest telematics service provider, at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Conference earlier this week.
The new research included findings into driving risk for electric, hybrid, and traditional fossil-fueled vehicles. The presentation focused on how the insurance industry and road safety professionals can work to further reduce risk by incentivizing safe driving for EV drivers.
A deeper understanding of the risk variables that impact safety outcomes is the key to reducing risk for EV drivers, CMT noted in a press release. Its research looked at the differences in risk between fossil-fueled vehicle drivers and EV drivers. This included driver fatigue, vehicle range, distracted driving, and speeding.
CMT’s VP of Strategy, Ryan McMahon, pointed out the most compelling new findings.
“Among the most compelling new findings are the comparisons between drivers who operate both an electric vehicle and an internal combustion vehicle, allowing for a better understanding of risk across vehicle platforms.
“These findings include an analysis of Tesla drivers who also operate another vehicle. These drivers are nearly 50% less likely to crash while driving their Tesla than any other vehicle they operate. We conducted the same analysis on individuals who operate a Porsche and another vehicle. In this case, we observed the opposite effect. Porsche drivers are 55% more likely to crash while driving their Porsche compared to their other vehicle.”
McMahon presented the new research while speaking at the keynote, “Electric Drivers: Changes in Driver Behavior,” at the IIHS-HLDI Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, VA.
I find it interesting that Porsche EV drivers were the complete opposite of Tesla drivers, being 55% more likely to crash while driving their electric Porsche than when driving another vehicle.
Although we don’t have a link to the research itself (yet), when we get it, I’ll definitely do a deeper dive into the research and findings. I think it will be interesting to see the methodology and learn what else they found about driving behavior differences between EVs and fossil-fueled vehicle owners.
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