EVs way much more than their equivalent gas vehicles. The GMC Hummer EV weighs 9,000 pounds. The Ford F-150 EV weighs up to 3,000 pounds more than the gas vehicle.
These heavy weights mean more damage, more injuries, more fatalities in crashes, plus more wear and tear on roadway surfaces.
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board expressed concern Wednesday about the safety risks that heavy electric vehicles pose if they collide with lighter vehicles. The official, Jennifer Homendy, raised the issue in a speech in Washington to the Transportation Research Board. “I’m concerned about the increased risk of severe injury and death for all road users from heavier curb weights and increasing size, power, and performance of vehicles on our roads, including electric vehicles,” Homendy said in remarks prepared for the group.
Source: US official warns of risks posed by heavy electric vehicles
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the same thing – EVs weigh too much. They’ve recently updated their lab to support crash testing of much heavier EV.
I drive a 2015 Honda Fit. I like small, economical cars. I only learned this week that Honda discontinued sales of the Honda Fit in the United States in 2020 – but continues to sell them elsewhere in the world.
American motorists have been propagandized that they need a 6 passenger 4×4 SUV to take the kids to school and drive to local stores. It’s crazy.
We are now going from gas guzzlers to electron guzzlers – an EV that weighs 50% more is going to be an inefficient user of electricity. But at least with the EV, you can virtue signal that you care!
Related – In October I was traveling and rented a car. Of course, they “upgraded” my compact car rental to a much larger vehicle for free, assuming everyone wants a larger vehicle that is difficult to park and backup because of its sheer size. Somehow, we’ve persuaded everyone that big is better, even when it’s not.