In addition to higher demands on roads, this could spell trouble for older car parks whose maintenance is less than perfect, according to some UK experts cited by The Telegraph and Jalopnik. According to them, they can simply fall.
“I don’t want to be too alarmist, but there is certainly the potential for some older car parks in poor condition to collapse,” says Chris Whapples, structural engineer and car park consultant.
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Together with the head of the buildings section of the British Parking Association, Russell Simmons, he wants to propose a change in the rules for the construction of new car parks so that the load limit is now 3 kN/m2 instead of the previous 2.5 kilonewtons.
It was Simmons who presented the results of an inspection of parking garages across Great Britain, which say that many of them cannot handle the higher weight of electric cars. It goes without saying that all cars in Britain won’t magically become electric in 2035, but major problems like the collapse of a car park need to be avoided.
According to Simmons, one of the preventive measures could be the introduction of a weight limit for vehicles entering some parking lots. “We have height restrictions in some car parks, so why not weight,” he says. For bridges in poor condition, the weight of entering vehicles is often restricted in the Czech Republic as well.
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