(PatrioticPost.com)- The National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning to all drivers as risks to safety mount from heavy electric vehicles, according to Breitbart. An official with the federal agency, Jennifer Homendy, reportedly issued the warning during a speech to the Transportation Research Board in Washington.
She discussed the risk posed by heavy electric vehicles to lighter vehicles on the road, using a 9,000-pound electric GMC Hummer as an example. The battery pack on the vehicle alone is roughly 2,900 pounds, which is around the same weight as a typical Honda Civic. The heavy battery pack is to reportedly achieve a range of 300 miles or more per charge for an electric vehicle, Associated Press reports.
“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,” she said, adding that transportation policies and new technologies cannot be overlooked when it comes to safety and unintended consequences of EVs.
Homendy noted the weight differences between electric and gas-powered vehicles. For the same model’s combustion version, the Ford’s F-150 Lightning EV pickup is reportedly 2,000 to 3,000 pounds heavier. She also noted that the Mustang Mach E electric SUV and the Volvo XC40 EV are around 33% heavier than their combustion counterparts, warning that these differences pose an impact to all drivers.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator Ann Carlson reportedly said that the agency was studying the impact of vehicle size on road safety, citing heavier vehicles as contributing to higher fatality rates. Carlson noted that the idea that “bigger is safer” is erroneous and does not take into account other necessary factors.
There is a reportedly “complex interaction” in communities where not all vehicles are going to be as large or heavy and that should be looked at.