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Electric Vehicles Have More Defects Than Previously Known

Electric vehicles (EV’s) weigh significantly more than gasoline-powered cars and can crash through steel highway guardrails.

This is according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Energy Research (IER). EV’s can weigh 7,000 pounds. A steel highway guardrail is not built to withstand a vehicle greater than 5,000 pounds. 

“Last fall, engineers at Nebraska’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility watched an electric-powered pickup truck hurtle toward a guardrail installed on the facility’s testing ground on the edge of the local municipal airport. The nearly 4-ton 2022 Rivian R1T tore through the metal guardrail and hardly slowed until hitting a concrete barrier yards away on the other side,” IER said.

“Rivian trucks weigh nearly 2,000 pounds more than conventional pickups. Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board expressed concern about the safety risks heavy electric vehicles pose if they collide with lighter vehicles. The Rivian truck tested in Nebraska showed almost no damage to the cab’s interior after slamming into the concrete barrier, which indicates that they offer protection to their occupants if the electric vehicle is big enough and heavy enough.”

Electric vehicles typically weigh 20 percent to 50 percent more than gas-powered vehicles. Their batteries can weigh almost as much as a small gas-powered car, IER said. 

As reported, President Joe Biden has bestowed billions of taxpayer dollars and a generous tax credit upon EV manufacturers. All this crony capitalism might not — as advertised — boost the local or national economy. 

When one factors a cost versus benefits ratio, these expensive government goodies pay for substandard jobs. This is at least the case for electric vehicle battery manufacturers. 

EV technology is falling out of favor with the public. Mid-priced Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles are more economical to drive than electric vehicles.

Biden wants most federal vehicles to switch to electric by 2035. A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned, however, that this change could cost taxpayers an excessive sum of money.

The feds may need more than 100,000 new ports to charge their EV’s. They will need one new charging port for every two acquired EV’s, according to the report. Federal agencies currently own and operate more 4,000 charging ports—based out of about 1,050 charging locations—in fewer than 500 cities.

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