According to a recent study, the electric car could help reduce pollution-related mortality. By 2050, nearly 90,000 lives could indeed be saved, provided that this motorization develops very widely.
If the electric car is for the moment still far from perfect, and remains polluting in some of its aspects, it has many advantages. Starting with the CO2 emissions during its use, which are simply non-existent. And this is obviously very beneficial for the environment as well as health, as several studies have shown.
Many lives saved
A few months ago, this was already proven by Transport & Environnement. She explained that the use of electric trucks for deliveries during the end-of-year holidays saved many lives. But it is not the only NGO to have come to the same conclusion. Indeed, this is also the case with the American Lung Association.
This organization, which specializes in research on diseases related to the lungs and the respiratory system, has just unveiled a new study. The latter seeks to show that electric cars have really a positive impact on healthand to tell the truth, the figures speak for themselves, even if they do not concern the whole world.
Indeed, the US-based organization explains that no less than 89,300 premature deaths could be avoided by 2050 thanks to electric cars in North America alone. These deaths would be due in particular to diseases such as lung cancer and asthma, among others. But that, of course, on condition that only electric cars are sold.
The American Lung Association figures take into account the total cessation of the sale of thermal models from 2035. A date which was obviously not chosen at random, since it is the deadline which was announced by the European Union. All manufacturers will be affected, except those selling less than 1,000 cars per year.
But that’s not all, because the development of the electric car could also help governments make significant savings. According to the figures mentioned in the report, these are close to $978 billion that could be saved by 2050. In addition, with 2.2 million fewer asthma attacks, there would be a reduction of 10.7 million lost working days.
As a result, productivity would also be increased, in the United States, but also everywhere in the rest of the world. However, we know that North America is particularly concerned, since the report explains thatone in three inhabitants lives in an area heavily affected by fine particle pollution.
Last June, the site Science Direct published a study explaining that emergency room visits for respiratory problems had fallen by 3.2% in certain areas of California where the thermal car was in the minority. Results that confirm those of another American study published a little earlier. On the other hand, all is not rosy and some electric cars pollute more than thermal models.
This is for example the case of pick-ups as well as certain SUVs, due to their weight and their large battery. We are also thinking of plug-in hybrid cars, which are very harmful to the environment. This engine will in any case also be banned from 2035 in Europe.