Accident Reconstruction & Electric Drive Vehicles
On the Scene E-Newsletter, Edition 140, June 22, 2011Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and all-electric vehicles (EVs)—also called electric drive vehicles collectively—use electricity either as their primary energy source or to improve the efficiency of conventional petrol designs. Perhaps you’ve noticed one or two on the road driving next to you. If not, you’ll definitely be noticing them in the near future; the market for EVs is definitely growing. The analyst firm, Verify Markets, recently revealed that it expects 5 million EVs to be sold annually by 2015, more than 1 million in North America alone. A leading source for international market research and market data, Research and Markets, is quoted as saying, “Any motor manufacturer without a compelling lineup of electric vehicles is signing its death warrant.”
Governmental funding has been designed to grow the infrastructure needed for these new vehicles and provide incentives designed to make them more affordable. This means the deployment of over 13,000 grid-connected vehicles and over 22,000 charging points in residential, commercial, and public locations nationwide by December 2013.
Overall, these new technologies may not be any more dangerous than existing ones. However, they do present changes in the way vehicles are driven and maintained as well as how they need to be approached and investigated if involved in an accident. The reality of a greater percentage of electric drive vehicles being on the road in the future means a greater responsibility to adapt to these new technologies as they are introduced. The engineers at CED Technologies continue to be technologically vigilant. If you need advice or help involving a new technology, you can find it at any of our regional offices. Please call 800.780.4221 today to discuss your situation specifically.
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