Gallery: Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illn...


Despite its strict tailpipe emission standards, California is still the state with the dirtiest air due to its geography that traps pollution and the fact that it is the state with the largest number of cars on the road. A new report by the American Lung Association states that if three-quarters of California’s cars were electric by 2025, it would potentially reduce the incidence of asthma attacks and pollution-linked chronic lung illnesses by up to 70 percent.

According to ALA-California’s Bonnie Holmes-Gen, the heart of this issue is that “right now about 9,000 people die every year from premature deaths related to air pollution.” Reducing the number of polluting vehicles on California’s roads could have a dramatic impact on that number, says the ALA, not only improving the health and quality of life of all Californians, but even saving lives.

Via The Green Optimistic


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  1. Eletruk November 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    It’s a lot easier to regulate the output emissions of a coal power plant than it is to regulate emissions of 100,00 vehicles.
    Also, coal powered plants are not typically positioned in the middle of the city (any more). The argument of a long tailpipe is a fair one, but that also means the emissions from a remote coal plant doesn’t pollute the city, especially when powering EVs.
    Plus there’s no requirement for power to be generated by coal. China has a huge Hydropower initiative, as well as nuclear using the latest and next generation facilities. China hasn’t really even started looking at fracking, so who knows what potential is there.

  2. julian09 November 16, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Electric vehicles may be great as far as not generating as much carbon monoxide, I don’t know the chemistry,etc. But what about the plants that generate the electricity? In China (just got back from 4 months there)coal plants are used to generate electricity and power all of the millions of electric, mostly motorcycles, vehicles there. How is that going to work here? Certainly nuclear and coal plants don’t leave us in a better position. Electric cars per say aren’t necessarily the best solution.

  3. Eletruk May 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The article is about ZEV vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf or even the Tesla Roadster. The Volt is not a ZEV, it is rated a ULEV, mainly because IT IS NOT AN EV. It is a plug-in hybrid.

    I see that GM marketing has apparently succeeding in convincing you that the Volt is an electric car. It is no more an electric car than the Prius is. If it has a gas engine as part of it’s motive force, then it is a hybrid. Just because you can drive sometimes in pure electric mode doesn’t make it an EV. After all, I can drive my Ford Escape Hybrid in pure EV mode, but nobody would ever call it an EV.

  4. Sandy Thomas May 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Apparently the Lung Association did not consult with the California Air Resources Board; CARB has determined that a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle like the Chevy Volt will generate 20 times more CO and also more NOx and mor NMOG than a non-plug-in Toyota Prius. Scroll down to the bottom of this page: to see the CARB graph comparing local emissions of the Volt and the Prius.

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