Could electric SUVs make America’s roads less safe?
In recent years, a growing number of automakers have announced ambitious plans for electric vehicles. The idea of electric SUVs, once unheard of, now seems more and more mainstream. And when it comes to reducing emissions and gas consumption, that’s absolutely a good thing.
But a recent article in Bloomberg (via Autoblog) also explores a potential downside to the rise of electric SUVs, which is that electric vehicles are often heavier than their internal combustion counterparts. And when it comes to accidents, it can make a huge difference.
The article goes on to discuss the Hummer EV, which weighs “about the equivalent of two Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks.” Although he also cites research by consumer reportswho discovered that many automakers equip their electric SUVs with more powerful braking systems than their non-electric counterparts.
Yet this is only part of the security equation. Earlier this year, Dan Kois of Slate wrote a burning indictment of the trend towards increasingly larger SUVs and trucks. “[T]The high, tall grilles create huge blind spots, so large that when you’re behind the wheel, you might not be able to see a pedestrian, an entire Corvette, or half a kindergarten class,” Kois wrote.
And that’s perhaps the most worrying thing about all of this – electric trucks and SUVs are certainly better for the environment, but they’re also massive vehicles, and indicative of a car buyer trend. to opt for larger vehicles. Whether they are powered by electricity, gas or another type of energy, the safety problems that arise are likely to persist, even if all the new vehicles produced are switched to electricity overnight.
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