Are Electric Vehicles Really the Answer to the UK’s Air Pollution Crisis?

Are Electric Vehicles Really the Answer to the UK’s Air Pollution Crisis?

1120 630 Harriet Goffman

Electric cars are growing rapidly in popularity and car manufacturers everywhere are angling for a piece of the action. Even Dyson is in the process of manufacturing its own model in a bid to hop aboard the electric vehicle bandwagon. But perhaps it’s not all it seems…

With the UK government’s plan to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 as part of efforts to reduce pollution, electric cars have provided what seems like a viable option to take their place. The emissions produced by petrol and diesel cars have been linked to respiratory and heart problems as well as cancer, so, electric vehicles offer a solution to the dangerously high levels of pollution in urbanised areas.

Yet, there is debate over whether electric cars really are more environmentally friendly than their gas guzzling counterparts. Many assume that because electric vehicles don’t omit dangerous greenhouse gases, they are cleaner for the environment and in turn, safer for us breathing in the air. But, this doesn’t take into account how the energy needed to run these vehicles is actually generated. Electric cars rely on regular charging from the local electricity network and the power plants providing this energy are by no means emission-free.

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Here, we see a disconnect between where the emissions are released, and where the vehicle is used meaning there is simply a shift in the area exposed to harmful pollution. Added to this, while electric vehicles emit no exhaust fumes, they still produce large amounts of small particle pollution from brake and tyre dust which can cause a number of serious health problems.

On a practicality level, there are currently very few charging points. Most pure battery electric vehicle models need to be charged every 100 miles so, with the current number points available to plug-in, motorists could be left low on battery and out of range from charging stations when undertaking a long journey or away from a motorway. Furthermore, the majority of these points take a few hours to complete a full charge which can inconvenience drivers.

What is the alternative?

Many of the initiatives that the government have introduced or are in the process of undertaking in a bid to tackle dangerous air pollution levels involve placing sanctions on drivers such as Sadiq Khan’s T-Charge. This ultimately disadvantages the poorest drivers who cannot simply replace their cars with a newer or electric model. Sustainable Flow offer an immediate solution for this which can actually save motorists money. By installing our Engine Performance Optimiser to your current petrol or diesel car, you can reduce your car’s emissions by up to 70%. This cheaper alternative comes with a lifetime guarantee and is an easy to implement solution for businesses with fleets.

#BeTheChangeYouWantToSee. We strongly believe that motorists who are adopting sustainable solutions like ours should be exempt from the T-charge. Agree? Sign our petition today.

1 Comment
  • May be the popularity of electric vehicle is increasing rapidly, but there are certain disadvantages are associated with the use of EVs. Their huge cost, low operational range, more time for charging are some of disadvantages associated with such vehicles. We have to develop such a vehicle, which can overcome the disadvantages of the EV. Development of a hydrogen fuel cell could be the best possible way to replace the conventional vehicles which are the main source of the air pollution. Certification course should be provided to the technicians for repairing such vehicles.

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