No e-car during evacuation?
A Republican senator in Florida, USA, is concerned that electric cars with dead batteries can become a traffic obstacle during evacuations from natural disasters. As long as insufficient charging infrastructure is available, EVs should not be used to evacuate.
“With a couple of guys behind you, you can’t get out of the car and push it to the side of the road. Traffic backs up. And what might look like a two-hour trip might turn into an eight-hour trip once you’re on the road,” Sen. Jonathan Martin said during a discussion on charging stations at the Senate Select Committee on Resiliency.
Trey Tillander, executive director of transportation technologies at the Florida Department of Transportation said at the meeting that he would prefer other measures to keep EVs moving during an emergency. “Some of the things we’re looking into … is portable EV chargers,” Tillander is quoted saying by Tampa Bay Times.