Do electric cars shock you when in contact with water? find it out


When using electric cars in flooded areas there is no chance of shock, since the drive system is completely sealed (Photo: Reproduction)

Even with the rise of electric cars, there are still many doubts about the type of propeller. One of them is related to the risks of shock when passing through a flooded area. After all, is this possible? Check the details.

When using electric cars in flooded areas, there is no chance of shock, as the drive system is completely sealed.
When using electric cars in flooded areas there is no chance of shock, since the drive system is completely sealed (Photo: proteste.org)

Heavy rain and flooding: is there a risk of shock when using electric cars?

Brazil registered 4,073 electrified light vehicles in June, totaling no less than 20,427 in the first half of 2022. The electrified market (100% battery powered vehicles and light hybrids) grew 47% in the 1st half of 2022 over the same period in 2021 (20,427, against 13,899).

With that, the market maintained its exponential growth curve characteristic of the last two years, in contrast to the retraction of the domestic market as a whole.

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With June’s figures, the total national fleet of electrified light vehicles (HEV, PHEV and BEV) reaches 97,569 vehicles, expected to exceed 100,000 in the next two weeks.

The highlight of the semester was the significant increase in 100% battery electric vehicles (BEV), which already exceed the total sales of the entire segment in 2021.

If the 2nd semester maintains the current trend, Brazil will break a new record and this year will have more than 40 thousand electrified, or at least 17% above 2021 (34,990). The data are from ABVE, the Brazilian Electric Vehicle Association.

However, even with the strong growth of the category, there are still many doubts and myths regarding electric models. One of them is related to the use of vehicles in flooded areas. However, contrary to what many imagine, there are no risks of shock.

Unlike what happens in combustion cars, the motorization of an electric vehicle is sealed, similar to what happens in other electronic devices. In this way, the chances of harming the system when passing through a flooded area is even lower compared to combustion cars.

In addition, electric cars also do not have an exhaust system, another factor that contributes to preventing water from entering the vehicle’s system.

Electric cars are even safer to face flooding stretches
Electric cars are even safer to face flooding stretches (Photo: Freepik)

Precautions when going through a flooded place

Thus, the care that an electric car driver must take when passing through a flooded stretch is the same as a driver aboard a combustion car.

Zul+ explains that driving in the rain safely depends on a series of actions that begin even before facing storms. At the time of the storm, reduce speed, keep a safe distance from the car in front, turn on the low beams and avoid sudden braking and fast curves.

In case of aquaplaning, which is when the car tire loses contact with the ground because of a sheet of water, do not brake or change direction, hold on firmly to the steering wheel and take your foot off the accelerator until you regain control.

If you see any risk of flooding, look for a higher place to wait until the situation improves. If the water is already passing through the middle of the wheel, it is no longer safe to drive, because it is not possible to know the depth or if there are holes or obstacles in the road.

Also avoid walking behind other cars, especially buses and trucks, as they cause very large waves that can make the situation worse.

Finally, consider the possibility of abandoning the car, after all, your safety is more important than anything.

When using electric cars in flooded areas, there is no chance of shock, as the drive system is completely sealed.
In certain situations, consider abandoning the vehicle (Photo: Minuto Seguros)

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Nicole Santana

Nicole SantanaJournalist and specialist in business communication, with more than three years of experience working actively in the automotive sector and awarded in 2016 for best journalistic report through the Auto Informe contest. Currently he is dedicated to the writing of the Garagem 360 portal, producing news, tests and multimedia content about the automobile universe.