A recent study published jointly by the Departments of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering and of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota titled “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts of Conventional and Alternative Light-Duty Transportation in the United States,” further supports existing research that EVs can substantially reduce carbon and smog forming pollutants.
The study evaluated the air quality and human health impacts of 10 strategies for reducing the environmental impact of light-duty transportation including using alternative fuels and improving fuel economy of vehicles. The Researchers found that EVs powered by electricity produced from low-emitting sources such as from natural gas, wind, water or solar power reduce overall environmental health impacts by over 50 percent. When taking into account the potential climate change impacts along with the health impacts, the study further reinforces the preference of EVs powered by low-emitting electricity relative to vehicles that burn gasoline, according to the research.
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