Heavier electric vehicles blamed for increased number of potholes

New analysis suggests electric cars damage roads twice as much as their petrol equivalents, which could be leading to more potholes on our roads.

A study by The Telegraph newspaper has found that the average electric car more than doubles the wear on road surfaces, and that there are fears that electric cars could exacerbate the problem on residential roads.

The number of electric cars being driven has tripled to 900,000 since 2019 ahead of the Government’s 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars as part of its net zero drive.

The Telegraph found that the average electric car puts 2.24 times more stress on roads than its petrol equivalent, and 1.95 more than diesel. Larger electric vehicles weighing more than two tons cause the most damage, with 2.32 times more wear applied to roads.

(Picture – Highways News)


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