Thursday, July 25, 2024

People who take the electric car on summer holiday are in for a nasty surprise

If you take the electric car on summer holiday this year, you may be badly surprised by the much lower payload that electric cars are often subject to.

It's not just charging stops and a different chore style that people in electric cars are often subject to when there is a do-it-yourself summer holiday.

Many are surprised that they cannot take as much on holiday as they might be used to. Electric cars often have to load far less than equivalent diesel and petrol cars.

All cars are approved for a maximum weight. The so-called payload. It includes both passengers, fuel and luggage.

However, much of the payload in electric cars can disappear in the car's own weight, because the battery pack simply weighs more than the internal combustion engine. On average, people in electric cars have to say goodbye to 30.7 percent of the payload compared to equivalent diesel cars.

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Figures from the interest organization OFV show this.

– Certain new electric car models have a very low payload despite their spacious luggage compartment. Therefore, it is good to be aware of the payload if you are looking for a new family electric car, communications advisor Nils Sodal in the Norwegian response to FDM, NAF, has previously stated.

The permissible total weight is, by the way, something you don't just blow your nose at. Taking a big look at what the car is approved for goes beyond safety.

It is important to stay within what the car is designed for. Among other things, the brakes are designed to withstand the total weight the car is approved for, Sodal said.

An increased braking distance is really not nice to deal with, simply because you have loaded too many kilos into the electric car.

It can also be extremely expensive to be stopped with overloading. Several motorists have also experienced this on the Danish roads. A then 21-year-old man from Ballerup can sign for that. In 2021, he was stopped for being 2 tonnes overweight. Read more about it here .

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