What happens when you drive an electric car in Greece? The new rules ahead of the holidays have left motorists confused

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Electric cars with batteries more than 40% charged will be denied transport on ferries to the Greek islands Photo Hepta

Drivers of electric, hybrid or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cars will have to comply with new rules to allow their vehicles to be transported on ferries in Greece. According to the new rules already in place, electric car batteries should not be charged more than 40%, while LPG-powered vehicles should not have more than half a tank.

In mid-April, the Greek authorities sent New rules for transport companies, which stipulates that electric cars, plug-in hybrids and other alternative fuel cars can be transported by boat. The new regulations follow a report by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and “experiences that have recently worried the international shipping community (…) saidOn May 1, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs of Greece.

Clearly, the ministry says that the charge level of batteries should not exceed 40%, and charging of electric or hybrid vehicles on board is prohibited. Also, passengers should inform the staff if they receive a warning message related to their vehicle.

EMSA Guide Identified by Ziare.com, it appears to refer to the ministry in Greece, which was published two years ago and says Electric vehicles cannot be transported when battery defects are suspectedIf the battery is not removed, or If there is a gas leak. The document also points out that Fires involving electrical machinery present particular hazardssuch as a larger flame size and increased propagation speed.

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The German Automobile Club (ADAC), a profile association with over 20 million members, saidOn May 23, that The rules are already in place. ADAC takes a critical stance towards regulations Its experts said “there is no evidence that electric cars involved in a crash pose a greater risk of fire. than vehicles with combustion engines”. On the contrary, ADAC points out Employees of shipping companies should be well informed Fire scenes for electric cars.

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