Are EVs more likely to be stolen than non-electric cars?

Answer: No.

by / August 5, 2019
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Apparently most car thieves aren’t likely to hijack a Tesla.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has released the results of a study listing the most stolen cars in the U.S. Tesla’s Model S and Model X can both be found almost at the very bottom of the list, right above the least-likely BMW 3 Series.

According to Digital Trends, researchers have suggested that the Tesla’s non-desirability may be due to where the vehicles are commonly parked. If they’re not in a resident’s garage, they’re often at or near a charging station, which are in high-traffic areas. The same theory could potentially hold true for other electric vehicle car models as well.

By contrast, the cars most susceptible to grand theft auto are the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, both “muscle” cars with powerful non-electric engines. Also among the top 20 for car thieves are the Infiniti Q50, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A7, Land Rover Range Rover, all luxury vehicles. Seems the thieves are more likely to go for power and style than fuel efficiency.



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