Can I drive an electric vehicle through water or floods?

EVs, like all vehicles, should not be driven through flooded roads as it is extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Cars may experience loss of control or get stuck on hidden hazards. In these situations, all drivers – regardless of fuel type – should seek alternative routes.

EVs, like ICE vehicles, can be driven in rainy conditions, and will not be affected by normal road water in these conditions.

Of course, there are some exceptions for off-road vehicles. Off-road EVs are increasingly being built around the world, and these vehicles can be driven through shallow water crossings, without any impact on the powertrain as all the components are sealed. That said, this kind of driving can still be dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced off-road drivers. Similar to ICE vehicles, it’s also important to check the warranty limitations when driving any vehicle off-road.