How do electric cars do in the rain?

This may be an odd question, but since it’s unsafe to mix water, and electricity safe to mix I was wondering how electric cars do in the rain? Are there special precautions when charging outside while it’s raining?

Marlee John · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s not an odd question at all, in fact, it’s one we get a lot. Electric cars are designed to drive and charge safely in the rain or snow, but no car should drive when the roads are completely flooded.
Both EVs and gas-powered cars use electricity and so auto engineers of both types have designed their vehicles to be safe for drivers to use in most weather conditions. There is a myth that electric cars can’t be driven or charged in the rain but this is false as drivers wouldn’t be able to use their vehicles in the spring or rain seasons!
All the major electrical components are safely tucked away and shielded to prevent injuring the driver and passengers.
You can also charge your
EV in the rain
. Residential and public charging stations are also designed to protect users against electrocution.
However this does not apply do natural disasters like hurricanes or floods. No one should be on the road at this time but should instead take cover and adhere to public safety warnings.
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