Latest Data Show Continued Increase in Electric Vehicle Collision Claims

March 8, 2024

The frequency of claims submitted for repairable electric vehicles rose to its highest level in 2023, ending the year at 1.97% in the U.S. and 2.86% in Canada, a new report shows.

Technology and information provider Mitchell International Inc. issued its latest trends report, Plugged-In: EV Collision Insights, a year-over-year analysis of EV claims volume.

EV claims increased in 2023 by more than 40% in the U.S. and Canada, a record year for electric vehicles, according to Ryan Mandell, Mitchell’s director of claims performance.

“Not only did the frequency of EV collision claims rise to historic levels but the U.S. also surpassed 1.2 million in new EV sales for the first time ever,” he said. “As long as consumer adoption remains strong, EVs will continue to have a significant impact on the auto insurance industry—creating challenges for everything from underwriting to the delivery of proper and safe repairs.”

In addition to tracking 2023 claims volume, the Mitchell report compares EVs to automobiles with an internal combustion engine (ICE), highlighting differences in:

  • Claims Severity: Last year, average severity in the U.S. for repairable EVs was $6,018 compared with $4,696 for ICE alternatives, a year-over-year decrease of 5% for EVs and an increase of 3% for ICE vehicles. In Canada, severity was $6,795 for EVs versus $5,122 for ICE-powered options, jumping 8% from 2022 to 2023.
  • Vehicle Complexity: For 2020 and newer collision-damaged automobiles, EV repairs were 50% more likely to include an operation associated with the sensors used in advanced driver assistance systems based on 2023 data than ICE vehicles, which also rely on ADAS.
  • Parts Repairability: EVs are more likely to use parts made of lightweight materials, which can impact repairability. In 2023, on average only 12% of EV parts were repaired versus replaced. For ICE-powered options, the percentage of parts repaired was closer to 15%.
  • Material Construction: EVs tend to be heavier than ICE automobiles due to the battery weight. That may be one reason why they had a higher frequency of air bag deployments (3.62%) than ICE options (2.45%) last year, adding to repair costs.

The publication also details the top North American regions and vehicle models associated with EV collision claims in 2023. To download the report visit the company’s website. San Diego, California-based Mitchell is an Enlyte company.

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