Government To Review Electric Vehicle Hazards

Fri 28th Feb 2020

The dangers posed by electric vehicles coming to a halt on busy motorways is to be investigated following concerns in parliament.

With electric vehicles often slowing to a stop more quickly than combustion engines there are concerns about the potential hazards this may bring, as well of the issue that some EVs cannot be towed away when broken down.

The issue has been debated by high level transport ministers in the House of Lords and is now likely to be sent to the Government to review, along with a number of other problems currently under investigation connected with smart motorways.

“When an electric vehicle ceases to function, it stops; it does not coast in the way that other vehicles do,” said Barnoness Randerson, Lib Dem transport spokesman, during the debate.

“Smart motorways are supposed to be the future, but the future is electric. Those vehicles stop very suddenly. They also cannot be towed; they have to be put on a low-loader, which is a much more complex and longer process that will put rescue teams in greater danger.

“So can we have special consideration for how these new motorway layouts will operate when there are lots of electric vehicles on the road?”

Many of the more popular EVs go into ‘locked up’ mode when their battery runs out of power and towing it in this state can cause damage to the expensive electric engine. It is a problem which has already been recognised by influential motoring organisations such as the AA.

“You can’t flat tow some electric vehicles more than 800 metres, some you can’t flat tow at all,” said Edmund King, president of the AA.

“So the problem is they will take longer to get off the motorways.”