LanghamP Posted August 4, 2017 Share Posted August 4, 2017 I did not know this; seriously had no idea which now makes me wonder how much pollution I get from riding my EUC to work. I'm guessing it's a lot; I wear googles because otherwise a lot of dust gets in my eyes. https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/04/fewer-cars-not-electric-cars-beat-air-pollution-says-top-uk-adviser-prof-frank-kelly Prof Frank Kelly said that while electric vehicles emit no exhaust fumes, they still produce large amounts of tiny pollution particles from brake and tyre dust, for which the government already accepts there is no safe limit. Electric vehicles emit no NO2 but do produce small particle pollution from the wear on brake discs and tyres and by throwing up dust from roads. A recent European commission research paper found that about half of all particulate matter comes from these sources. Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air “While governments don’t currently pay much attention to particulate matter, it is in fact highly polluting, with strong links to cardiopulmonary toxicity,” said Kelly in an article in the Guardian. The Royal College of Physicians estimates that 29,000 people die early each year from particle pollution, more than the 23,500 premature deaths attributed to NO2. The combined total is 40,000 because some people are harmed by both pollutants. NO2 levels are illegally high in most urban areas, allowing legal action to be taken, but small particle levels are not. I was hoping EV's of all sorts, especially cars, would reduce pollution in some dystopian future but that wouldn't be the case if half of pollution is by just kicking up dust and rubber by driving along the road. Not sure what can be done about that... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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