More than eight out of 10 British motorists think electric cars are no more likely to have safety issues than those which use ordinary fuel, a survey has shown.
Almost four out of 10 drivers believe electric cars are actually safer than conventional vehicles using diesel or petrol and a further 45% believe the level of safety is the same.
The survey, which was carried out by TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk, found that just one in 10 UK drivers thought electric cars would be less safe and 6% believed they could be dangerous.
The new report will be welcomed by electric car manufacturers after a recent spate of bad publicity.
But investigations by safety authorities including Euro NCAP and the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration show the latest electric models are likely to be some of the safest vehicles on the road.
Faye Sunderland, editor of TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk, said that she was pleased that even with negative stories in the press, the majority of consumers felt safe with electric cars.
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