Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and expensive.
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration President Jennifer Homendy has raised concerns about the weight and bulk of electric vehicles that automakers are building to meet growing demand and emissions standards.
“I am concerned that the increased curb weight, size and power of vehicles on the road, including electric vehicles, will increase the risk of serious injury and death for all road users,” Homendy said.
Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and expensive, and automakers can charge more for larger cars. Homendy singled out General Motors’ GMC Hummer EV as a particularly egregious example of the trend toward larger and heavier vehicles. The scale stopped at more than 9,000 pounds (more than 4 tons).
“The battery pack alone weighs more than 2,900 pounds (1.3 tons), which is about the weight of a Honda Civic. This has a significant impact on the safety of all road users,” he said.
The traffic safety regulator also mentioned that Ford Motor’s F-150 Lightning pickup could be up to a ton and a half heavier than a non-electric version of the same truck, and that the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volvo XC40 EV are about It weighs 33 percent more than its gasoline equivalent.
The comments come as the Biden administration tries to convince more drivers to switch to electric vehicles by introducing tax credits from last year’s $550 billion inflation-reduction law. Homendy praised the government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, but warned it could have unintended consequences, such as an increase in road deaths. “Safety, especially with new transportation policies and new technologies, cannot be ignored,” Bloomberg said according to.