Hybrid and fully electric vehicles are they safe to work on?

A tablet being used to read codes on a car on a workshop being held by a mechanic who is holding a pen to tap in the details to the table to gain the results needed to fix the car
A tablet being used to read codes on a car on a workshop being held by a mechanic who is holding a pen to tap in the details to the table to gain the results needed to fix the car

With electric vehicles’ currently sky-rocketing with popularity in the motor industry, many questions have been raised whether they are safe on the roads to how safe are they to work on. As with such rapid growth, many people have not had the opportunity to understand how they are different to a more normal car, running on petrol. With 50% of people looking to buy a car considering a hybrid or electric model, here are the facts on how a mechanic must approach fixing these types of cars.

Man working on car removing components from engine bay to carry out repairs
Man working on car removing components from engine bay to carry out repairs

First of all it is highly recommended to take your car to your local garage if you encounter a fault, as this new technology is not familiar for everyone and the fact it is electric does not make it easier to fix. If somebody is very unfamiliar with these types of cars and attempts at fixing it, the consequences may be lethal. As although an electric car looks like any other car, the technology inside, it is completely different. The vehicles run on 360 and 400 volts which as I previously said, it is very dangerous for somebody without the required skills and knowledge to fix it.

Danger High Voltage
Danger High Voltage

When people think of dangers of this car, people often see the fact it may set fire as the biggest reason not to buy a hybrid or electric automobile. But when looking at the facts it is actually a lot safer overall to buy an electric car compared to a gasoline run car, even when it comes to fires. As it is estimated for every 120 million miles driven by an electric car there will only be one fire, and for a gasoline powered vehicle it is estimated for every 20 million miles driven there will be one fire. So overall although on the rare account, it is far more unlikely for an electric car to catch fire to put an end to this false argument.

An electric car is far more cheap and less dirty to work on compared to a gasoline ran car, which is making them cleaner and more efficient to work on for mechanics. I see in the near future the electric car market continuing to rise, yet more people must be aware of the high voltage running through these automobiles and let a professional fix it. As although it is safer to drive, in some aspects an electric car can be a lot more dangerous to fix.