B J G
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- T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
With the current spacing of refuges you'd be very fortunate to be able to coast to a refuge. One of the main issues with Refuges was that to save money the original spacing design criteria was more than doubled.Most IC vehicles that break down can coast to a refuge but not the case with an EV, so I am led to believe. Also, in common with most automatic transmissions they must be towed " wheels Up" as on a trailer.
There is also the question of how do you coast from an outer lane to the next refuge through congested traffic? In danger terms you are probably safer stopping in the outside lane with a max of 3.5 tonnes behind rather than over 40 tonnes in the inside lane.
for those not familiar with inside lane/hard shoulder use you need to appreciate that you are in the HGV lane where visibility is only as far as the back of the HGV in front who has the same visibility issue when a vehicle stops/breaks down further ahead. A lane is now lost and traffic now has to move into the next lane which is solid with vehicles, hard shoulder only open in congested traffic.