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Anjani Trivedi

No One Seems to Care That EVs Are Catching Fire

With all the excitement around rising sales, splashy investments and government initiatives, we’ve lost sight of the most basic requirement: safety. 

Regulate me if you can.

Regulate me if you can.

Photographer: BRITTA PEDERSEN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Electric vehicles, and the technology surrounding them, are all the rage. Everyone loves to talk about rising sales and a greener future. Yet for all that attention, there seems to be very little concern about safety.

This week, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected a 2019 petition to open a formal investigation into Tesla Inc.’s battery-management software, according to documents posted on the agency’s website. Certain Tesla vehicles that received an over-the-air system update, or wireless delivery, were defective and caused fires in five vehicles, according to the petition.