Electric car batteries are heavy, which makes them more dangerous in a collision. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
Here’s an interesting – a weighty – question:
If “safety” is so important to the government – i.e., to the busybodies in Washington who force us to buy what they think is important – then why don’t they think it’s important to protect us from the consequences of what they’re forcing us to buy?
A subcompact-sized electric car like the Chevy Bolt – which is only 163.2 inches long – weighs 3,589 pounds. A compact-sized car like the Hyundai Accent – which is 172.6 inches long and so a substantially larger car – weighs 2,679 pounds.
The difference between the two is 910 pounds.
It’s a big difference when a 3,589 pound car pile-drives into a 2,679 pound car. F=ma and all that.
It’s an even bigger difference when an electric half-ton truck like the Ford Lightning – which weighs in at more than three tons – 6,500 pounds – which is a ton (2,000 pounds) heavier than a non-electric F-150 pick-up – pile-drives into a 2,679 pound compact like the Accent.
Or even another F-150.
Heck, even another Lightning. See that business about F=ma again.
Whatever happened to saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety first?
The more weight rolling around out there, the greater the risk to people who aren’t driving one of these massively heavy potential pile-drivers. Perhaps this is intentional; another way to get rid of cars that aren’t electric – and perhaps some of the people who don’t want them along the way. But the risk is also greater, for everyone.