An influential group has called for the structural design of many of Britain’s multi-storey car parks to be “carefully considered” amid fears that older designs cannot cope with the weight of electric vehicles. New guidance from The Institution of Structural Engineers calls for the car park design to evolve to cope with bigger, heavier electric cars, some of which have batteries which can weigh around 500kg. Ten experts contributed to the guidance, which flags that the greater weight is putting strain on car parks that were built in the 1960s and 1970s for cars of that day and age. For example, the 1970 Mini 1000 – a popular saloon from the day – weighs 620kg whereas the Kia E-Niro, a contemporary electric car, weighs 2,230kg. Institution Fellow, Chris Whapples, who is an overseeing consultant for the guidance said that many of the 6,000 multi-storey car parks across the UK could be under pressure. “Potentially if we just ignore this issue then we could have a partial collapse,” he said.

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