Electric cars are deemed to be more energy-efficient and more sustainable than gas-powered cars. But that doesn’t mean that EVs are good for our health. Think about it: we all know that gas-powered cars are bad for us with their harmful co2 emissions. Electric cars are not, as you might have thought, emission-free, as they give off electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. The bottom line is there are health risks to both electric and traditional gas-run vehicles.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finances, by 2040, globally, more than 50 percent of all new cars will be battery-powered. The new cars won’t give off smoky, smelly fumes. But they will be sending out the gasless pollutant known as EMF radiation into our atmosphere, unseen and un-sensed. Exposure to EMF radiation has proven adverse health effects.
EMF Radiation and the Electric Car
All electronic devices emit forms of EMF radiation. The possible ramifications of EMF radiation emissions to our health include DNA fragmentation, cell damage, fertility disorders, and neurological effects that can impact both health and behavior. A strong dose of EMF radiation, or being exposed to EMF radiation over the long term, puts one at risk for sometimes severe health issues. The closer you are to the transmitter or battery, the higher the risk to your health. In the case of the electric car, there’s a very large battery close to one’s body. Meantime, you’ve got electronic circuitry running all around the edge of the interior, increasing your exposure to ELF radiation.
That’s not even the end of it. You have to plug in and charge an electric car. Whenever you charge a battery-powered item, EMF radiation emissions increase at the connection point, posing an even greater danger.
EV vs Gas-Powered Cars
The gas-run automobile, it’s important to note, also has a battery. In the case of the old-fashioned gas-powered car however, the battery is but a small one. You use it only to start your engine and turn on the accessories on your dashboard.
Electric cars, meanwhile, much like their gas-powered counterparts, also emit (un)healthy amounts of co2. So what’s a poor car consumer to do? Which should we choose, EV or a traditional car that uses gasoline for fuel? It’s not an easy question to answer because the subject of emissions is complicated and beyond the scope of a single article. But for now, science tells us that we should not think of gas-run cars as the lesser of two evils.
In other words, the electric car is not worse for your health than the traditional, gas-powered car. Thus, wallet permitting, if you care about the environment, you may just want to invest in an EV. It looks as though the world is anyway headed in an EV direction, so you might as well go along for the ride.