Are Parking Structures and Bridges Designed To Carry the Extra Weight of EV's?

Posted by freedomforall 1 year, 1 month ago to Government
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"Just another catch on the road to Green Heaven. EV’s are heavier than petrol cars.

Where a full tank of gas or fuel is 70kg, a full tank of battery (or an empty one) weighs half a ton, or in the Tesla Model Y league — 771kg. That’s more than a whole Toyota Corolla weighed in 1967 (just 690kg). Now a Tesla Model X weighs 2,500kg and some of the newer EV’s weigh 4,000 kg.

That poses a problem for many structures that were designed with normal cars in mind. The odd EV is fine, but if the whole national fleet starts to become electric, suddenly loads on 50 year old bridges and shopping centre carparks are beyond the expected bounds. The infrastructure may have been designed when a normal car was just a 1970’s corolla.
Earlier this year, Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the US National Transportation SafetyBoard, found that the best-selling EVs in the US were on average 33 per cent heavier than petrol counterparts. The difference will likely be similar for vans and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

A car park did collapse in New York on April 19th, though no one claimed to know why at the time."

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  • Posted by j_IR1776wg 1 year, 1 month ago
    You want reasoning and common sense from this Government now? In 2023? It's like telling a telephone pole to stand there and expecting an intelligent response.
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  • Posted by $ Commander 1 year, 1 month ago
    Sort of like the 35W bridge collapse in 2007.
    Crossed it twice that morning in my "crew, dually". Was out on a sailboat from Houghton two hours before the event. it was seven days before I had any contact.
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  • Posted by Ben_C 1 year, 1 month ago
    Great point. And the "carbon foot print" to redo the parking structures is....? But then we will be living in an urban 15 minute radius so maybe the suburbs will be turned into parking lots.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 1 month ago
      There will be no need for car parking because very few will be able to afford a car.
      Bicycles will be the new mode of transport until the vaccinated lose their sense of balance and must crawl instead. [/s]
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