New research reveals UK drivers have major worries about what happens to an electric car battery after a crash.
The data comes from a survey by AA Accident Assist, which questioned more than 13,500 drivers on their EV anxieties.
Just over half (52 percent) of those surveyed by the AA said the safe repair and replacement of the EV’s main driving battery was a concern for them.
Specialist areas of concern
The largest worry of all, noted as being important by 62 percent of drivers, was the cost of repairs following a crash in an EV.
Around half of respondents (49 percent) were worried about finding specialist mechanics capable of working on an electric car. A similar proportion (45 percent) said getting trained mechanics to undertake bodywork repairs was an issue.
Such concerns are not unfounded. Repairing an electric car after a collision requires specialist care, even down to avoiding using a paint booth that would heat the car beyond 60ºC.
Similarly, 41 percent expressed their worries about whether their EV’s manufacturer would approve the garage used for repairs.
EV peace of mind
Other concerns included the use of genuine manufacturer parts (37 percent), a lifetime guarantee warranty (31 percent) and getting an EV hire car (21 percent).
Tim Rankin, managing director of AA Accident Assist, said: “We’re giving power to electric drivers with the very best and independent advice, use of EV manufacturer-approved garages and body shops, coupled with fitment of genuine manufacturer parts, therefore giving peace of mind to those involved in a collision.
“We also go further by providing our insurer customers and members who have a not-at-fault claim with an electric hire car whilst theirs is undergoing repair, so they can keep the electric revolution going.”