There’s a New Problem With Electric Cars That No One Saw Coming

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

This week we sit down with Cody Stolle, research assistant professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the assistant director at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, to discuss a lesser-known problem with EVs and road safety.

We also chat with Matthew Guy about the car ramps he uses at home and what happened in the NASCAR race at Martinsville (yes, I know, there was a Texas race in between. Between travel and some tech issues, we were unable to post on Friday like usual).

Before you listen, click here to see a video of the MRSF doing some crash testing. It pertains to our conversation and is worth your time.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Rob Woytuck Rob Woytuck on Apr 17, 2024

    I was saying if the average vehicle weight increases the capacity of the ferry will be affected. 18 wheelers go on ferries too. It not about individual weight its the cumulative effect. Same a for any other infrastructure. Probably even affects a multilevel car park if every car in it were electric.

    • 1995 SC 1995 SC on Apr 17, 2024

      Pickups are huge sellers in B.C. Yet weight only became a "problem" when some folks decided to buy EV's. Seems sort of convenient.

      "My big heavy vehicle taps out the infrastructure so you don't get a big heavy vehicle"

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Apr 17, 2024

    EV weight is a BS argument as long as people buy 1/2 ton and HD pickups for personal use.

  • CanadaCraig CanadaCraig on Apr 17, 2024

    Luke24. You didn't answer MY question.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Apr 18, 2024

    The unspoken killer is that batteries can't be repaired after a fender-bender and the cars are totaled by insurance companies. Very quickly, insurance premiums will be bigger than the the monthly payment, killing all sales. People will be snapping up all the clunkers Tim Healey can find.