Truth: EVs Worse for Environment

( – In damning evidence of the harsh truth for the climate change crowd, a newly-resurfaced study has revealed that electric vehicles are more damaging to the environment than gas-powered cars since they cause thousands of times bigger particle pollution in the air, water, and soil.

This study, conducted by Emission Analytics and published in 2022, came into the spotlight following a mention in a new Wall Street Journal op-ed, cited by The New York Post.

The research highlights that the brakes and tires of electric vehicles release significantly more particle pollution—1,850 times more—than modern gas-powered vehicles, which benefit from efficient exhaust filters that reduce emissions to historically low levels.

Presently, the major source of vehicular pollution is attributed to tire wear. Tires, often made from synthetic rubber derived from crude oil along with various fillers and additives, break down and emit harmful chemicals into the environment.

The additional weight of electric vehicles, which are about 30% heavier on average due to their batteries, leads to quicker degradation of their tires and brakes compared to standard vehicles.

The study found that for every half metric ton of battery weight in an EV, the emissions from tire wear are over 400 times greater than the direct exhaust particulate emissions from gas-powered cars.

For example, the battery of the Tesla Model Y, one of the most popular EVs in the US, weighs approximately 1,836 pounds.

This revelation casts doubt on the effectiveness of the Biden administration’s push for electric vehicle mandates, which aim to make two-thirds of new cars in the US electric by 2032, branding them as “zero-emissions vehicles.”

Critics, including those cited in the Journal, argue that this classification is misleading since EVs also produce particulate pollution through tire wear.

Despite these concerns, Nick Molden, the founder and CEO of Emissions Analytics, thinks that “this will not be something that stops electrification.”

“You have a tradeoff. At the moment, the political agenda is very strong towards climate change reduction. EVs do deliver about a 50% reduction in CO2 — that [affects] climate change. But you have this downside of EVs that increases particle pollution. Air pollution is about what we breathe and the health effects,” Molden elaborated.

He pointed out that tire toxins did “have much less impact on climate change.”

According to the NY Health Department, however, they “can increase the risk of health problems like heart disease, asthma, and low birth weight.”

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