NHTSA: Electric Vehicles “Pose Different Risks” in Regards to Safety
When interviewed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Friedman commented:
“We believe they [electric vehicles] don’t pose any greater risks than gasoline-fueled vehicles.”
“Do they pose different risks? Certainly.”
“People aren’t used to the new challenges that electric vehicles pose. We’re taking this issue seriously. We want to make sure electric vehicles are safe.”
His comments weren’t directed at Tesla, but rather in response to a question posed on electric vehicle safety. The question, however, stemmed from the Tesla Model S fires and the recent news of the charging adapter recall.
Notice that Friedman did not state that EVs pose less/more risk? His words seem well scripted to us.