For years, electric cars have been a promising alternative to gas-powered automobiles. In the past few weeks, however, new research is showing that electric cars are not as clean as they seem.
The lead researcher of a study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that “electric vehicles produce air pollution at levels up to 14 times higher than gasoline-powered vehicles.”
These findings may be shocking for many people who believe that electric cars were the better option for reducing emissions and protecting human health and the environment because of their zero tailpipe emissions.
This blog post will explore these new findings in detail while also exploring other ways we can reduce air pollution from our transportation sector.
The best way to reduce harmful air pollution is by adopting cleaner transportation technologies such as electric vehicles while also using alternative transportation such as walking, biking, and public transit.
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How does air pollution affect our health?
When we breathe polluted air, pollutants are absorbed by the lungs and even enter our bloodstream that can damage organs. Harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, ozone, and particulate matter (soot)-can trigger irritation to the eyes and nose, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms become more severe with increased exposure leading to chronic health problems such as asthma attacks.
The elderly, small children, and those with asthma are most susceptible to the health effects of harmful air pollution.
Our cars release pollutants such as nitrogen oxide that not only cause harm to humans but also contribute to smog formation in neighborhoods near freeways and congested roads. One out of every four people in California lives near a high-traffic road.
According to the California Air Resources Board, approximately 4% of Californians live within 100 meters (330 feet) of a freeway and suffer the highest exposure to vehicle-related air pollution. Living near major roads also contributes to an increased risk for cancer.
Electric Cars Benefits
There are many benefits to driving electric cars.
They help reduce our reliance on foreign oil and gas, conserve energy, and have zero tailpipe emissions. Driving electric cars can also help clean up the air in our neighborhoods.
Most manufacturers of electric vehicles are increasing production and sales efforts to help meet higher demands from consumers who want a cleaner transportation alternative.
Gas Cars Benefits
Gas-powered cars offer many benefits that electric cars do not, such as the ability to travel long distances without stopping to recharge.
Similarly, we have a large and existing infrastructure for gas-powered vehicles including refueling stations and well-trained mechanics to make repairs and maintenance on this type of vehicle. Gas also remains about half the cost of an equivalent electric car.
Some manufacturers are working on other clean fuel technologies in addition to electric vehicles including natural gas, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell technology, hydrogen internal combustion engines, ethanol (E85), biodiesel, propane autogas, and compressed natural gas (CNG).
Which is better? Electric Cars or Gas Cars?
The Winner is…
Electric cars remain one of the cleanest transportation options available today.
Electric cars are better than gas cars because they produce no harmful emissions at the tailpipe. However, when evaluating the overall environmental impact and health effects of electric vehicles, it’s important to look beyond the vehicle itself and consider “well-to-wheel” emissions and their resulting air pollution (more below).
The study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that electric vehicles produce up to 14 times higher levels of pollutants from “well-to-wheel” emissions including evaporative loss, brake wear, tire wear, road use which relies on fossil fuels such as coal for electricity production and emits more pollutant compared to gasoline-burning engines.
The world is getting hotter and it’s not just because of global warming.
A new study has found that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a record high last year, making 2017 Earth’s warmest year on record.
It’s time to stop burning fossil fuels and switch to electric cars! Electric cars don’t burn gasoline or diesel fuel; they are powered by electricity from household sockets.
Electric cars are the future of transportation. They’re better for the environment and they save you money on gas!
Electric cars are the future of driving. And if you were always wondering why it’s because they don’t use gas. That’s right, electric car drivers never have to worry about running out of fuel or having their tank filled up with leaded gasoline ever again!
So what do you say?
Ready for a change in your life?
Enough time spent pumping petrol and slaving over refilling it now and then – let’s move on from these fossil fuels that pollute our environment so badly and start working towards cleaner air for all of us instead!