Stop to recharge, a safety system that prevents accidents in electric cars

Current electric cars already achieve autonomy large enough to have to stop to recharge every 300 kilometers or more. A distance already greater than that recommended by the rules of good driving practice for stop and rest before continuing the march. However, in a thermal car this stop does not require refueling, which means that many drivers stretch it more than necessary, increasing the chances of a potential accident. In electric cars, in addition to resting, it is time to recharge, so the stop is mandatoryand that translates to accidents decrease.

This is just one of the conclusions of the study. Cambridge Mobile Telematics, an American company that is responsible for collecting data from millions of vehicles around the world to draw conclusions as interesting as this one. The study has been presented at a conference on road safety in which the company has released some other conclusions that are, at least, curious.

The study focuses primarily on data obtained from those drivers who own an electric vehicle and also one or more combustion. In general, these have fewer accidents driving the first than the second but interestingly, the stats and odds are different from brand to brand.

Tesla owners are 50% less likely to be in an accident behind the wheel, while Porsche owners are 55% less likely to damage their Taycan. The study offers the data and conclusions but does not explain the reason for this strange difference in behavior between the electrical drivers of both brands.

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the need for electric vehicles to stop to recharge more frequently than thermal vehicles to refuel, reduces driver fatigue

Thus, the data says that the owners of a Tesla are a 21% less distracted for the use of their mobile phone while driving and have a 9% less chance of exceeding speed limits when driving their electric car than when driving a combustion car. However, unlike the findings in Tesla’s latest quarterly report that crashes are much less frequent when Autopilot is on than when it’s off, CMT has not looked at this particular point.

But it does highlight as a positive factor what many consider a handicap for electric cars: the need to stop to recharge. The study is quite clear on this point: recharges are responsible for reduce the risk of accidents in an electric car versus a thermal one. In fact, since the possibility of an unfortunate event increases the longer you stay behind the wheel without stopping, the need for electric vehicles to stop to recharge more frequently than thermal ones to refuel reduces driver fatigue. . A conclusion that seems obvious and that does not need millions of data to be explained.

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