By Paul Homewood
The potential hazards caused by electric cars on British roads are being urgently reviewed by the Government over concerns that the vehicles stop suddenly when they break down and that many cannot be towed.
Baroness Vere, a transport minister, said she was “astonished” to discover that electric vehicles tend to “stop very suddenly” when they cease to function, rather than coasting like conventional cars, and that they can take longer to be removed from motorways.
The Department for Transport is examining “short-term measures” to ensure electric cars can be removed from roads quickly when they break down, the peer revealed.
Baroness Vere disclosed details of the review during a House of Lords debate on smart motorways, which use hard shoulders as live lanes. The Sunday Telegraph has exposed serious safety concerns about the roads.
Speaking in the debate, Baroness Randerson, a Liberal Democrat transport spokesman said:…
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