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Wed Jan 31, 2024, 01:33 PM Jan 2024

Preliminary test crashes indicate the nation's guardrail system can't handle heavy electric vehicles

Source: Associated Press

Preliminary test crashes indicate the nation’s guardrail system can’t handle heavy electric vehicles

Updated 10:56 AM EST, January 31, 2024

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Under an overcast sky last fall, engineers with a University of Nebraska road safety facility watched as a electric-powered pickup truck hurtled toward a guardrail installed on the facility’s testing ground on the edge of the local municipal airport.

The test crash was to see how the guardrail — the same type found along tens of thousands of miles of roadway in the United States — would hold up against electric vehicles that can weigh thousands of pounds more than the average gas-powered sedan.

It came as little surprise when 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.

“We knew it was going to be an extremely demanding test of the roadside safety system,” said Cody Stolle with the university’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. “The system was not made to handle vehicles greater than 5,000 pounds.”


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/electric-vehicles-crash-test-guardrails-nebraska-3ec299a7ad87d0f63a6dd9357f663fce

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Preliminary test crashes indicate the nation's guardrail system can't handle heavy electric vehicles (Original Post) Eugene Jan 2024 OP
At what angle did the EV pickup hit the guard rail, head on or at a glancing angle which is how... brush Jan 2024 #1
Probably another propaganda article. SarahD Jan 2024 #4
Bingo. Think. Again. Jan 2024 #6
Bigger is better! SarahD Jan 2024 #2
But wait, there's more... littlemissmartypants Jan 2024 #3
Current mid- full- size SUVs... Think. Again. Jan 2024 #7
How much does a semi truck weigh? ramen Jan 2024 #5
More info would have been nice. Old Crank Jan 2024 #8


(55,038 posts)
1. At what angle did the EV pickup hit the guard rail, head on or at a glancing angle which is how...
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 01:44 PM
Jan 2024

how most accidents involving guard rails happen. Also the OP compares a massive pickup's impact with that of an IC sedan? That's a comparison that doesn't give accurate results.



(1,732 posts)
4. Probably another propaganda article.
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 01:49 PM
Jan 2024

There is an effort underway to scare people away from electric vehicles.



(1,732 posts)
2. Bigger is better!
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 01:47 PM
Jan 2024

We have been buying bigger, heavier vehicles for some time now. Adding a thousand pounds of battery is just another little step on the journey to More is Betterland.


(23,448 posts)
3. But wait, there's more...
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 01:47 PM
Jan 2024
The concern over the weight of electric vehicles stretches beyond vehicle-to-vehicle crashes and compatibility with guardrails, Brooks said. The extra weight will affect everything from faster wear on residential streets and driveways to vehicle tires and infrastructure like parking garages.

“A lot of these parking structures were built to hold vehicles that weighed 2,000 to 4,000 pounds — not 10,000 pounds,” he said.

Scary. I wouldn't want to be in a parking deck filled with these vehicles and built for one set of specs but affected by these new weight numbers.

If we think condo/apartment collapses are devastating I would imagine that the amount of suffering from a parking deck collapse would be comparable.

Lots to think about.

Thanks for sharing this, Eugene. ❤️

Think. Again.

(11,561 posts)
7. Current mid- full- size SUVs...
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 02:08 PM
Jan 2024

...that are so common and popular now weigh between 4000 and 6000 pounds already which is about what the average EV weighs.

So unless Electric Hummers become the most popular car everywhere, I suspect most construction specifications are safe.

Old Crank

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8. More info would have been nice.
Wed Jan 31, 2024, 05:53 PM
Jan 2024

Most people don't hit guard rails head on. They tend to be some angle, probably less than 45 degrees..
I can see the issue with the lower center of gravity and wedging under the rails. The rails are higher than the used to be before more than half the vehicles purchased were trucks. They raised the rails to reduce the risk of them from rolling over the guard rail becasue of the higher center of gravity these trucks/SUV had.

As for road wear the answer might be a yearly tax on your car registration based on vehicle weight and your yearly mileage total.

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