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Myths Regarding Electric Vehicles- Myth #10 Do I look Fat in this Electric Vehicle?

(Rick Sanders, CEO, Tuesday, October 29, 2019)

We have been tackling some of the more prevalent myths regarding electric vehicles (EVs). Today, we conclude the series with the objection that EVs weigh A LOT (it is unclear exactly how much – just that they are apparently very heavy).

In general, EVs do weigh more than their gas counterparts because the battery pack is heavy and does not get lighter as the battery drains like a gas tank does. For example, the battery in a Nissan Leaf weighs 648lbs. However, the weight distribution in EVs is generally better, which improves vehicle handling. Studies have shown that heavier vehicles are safer than lighter vehicles in an impact because the heavier vehicle wins. And, heavy vehicles roll over less than lighter ones. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the lowest death rate by passenger vehicle type is for large SUVs, with 13 deaths per million registered vehicles versus 64 deaths per million for small cars.

Battery size impacts range. To go the range of a gas-powered car, an EV would require a battery pack that would be too heavy and expensive to be worthwhile.

Electric vehicle batteries will get smaller over time much like cell phones and computer components have. The price of batteries will drop over time as well, resulting in a much more competitive EV market. Learn more our role in the EV market at www.rhombusenergy.com.

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