Are electric cars just as or even more polluting than gasoline-powered vehicles?

Are electric cars really greener and eco-friendly? They seem to be a great solution to fight climate change and they are even said to have zero emissions. But are they worth it? Is it true that they are harmless to the planet?

Well, guess what, now that automakers are fitting bigger batteries into cars, that’ll dramatically increase how far you can go in-between charges.

And with new, fast-charging stations being built with government money, you can easily get anywhere you want to go in a vehicle that doesn’t emit anything from its tailpipe.

And according to a new study, you just may be emitting particulate matter into the environment at a much higher rate than you would in a gas-powered car.

On Monday, a new study published by a British-based independent emissions testing firm Green Car Reports0 – the EV-centric outlet found that particulate matter emissions from tires are 1,850 times greater under normal driving conditions than from a tailpipe of a gas-powered car.

More details of this study from a Western Journal report:

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, particulate emissions are “microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems.” It notes the particles “are also the main cause of reduced visibility (haze) in parts of the United States, including many of our treasured national parks and wilderness areas.”

The EPA defines particle pollution as “inhalable particles,” which are under 10 microns in diameter, and “fine inhalable particles,” 2.5 microns and smaller.

The firm that conducted the study, Emissions Analytics, had previously found in 2020 that particulate emissions from tires could be 1,000 times greater than those from tailpipes. That test was designed to capture worst-case emissions under legal driving, according to the report. But when researchers replicated the test “across a wider range of driving conditions,” they found the number was even higher.

“The fundamental trends that drive this ratio are: tailpipe particulate emissions are much lower on new cars, and tire wear emissions increase with vehicle mass and aggressiveness of driving style,” Emissions Analytics concluded.

“Tailpipe emissions are falling over time, as exhaust filters become more efficient and with the prospect of extending the measurement of particulates under the potential future Euro 7 regulation, while tire wear emissions are rising as vehicles become heavier and added power and torque is placed at the driver’s disposal. On current trends, the ratio may well continue to increase.”

Furthermore, they found that adding half a metric ton (1,100 pounds) “of battery weight can result in tire emissions that are almost 400 more times greater than real-world tailpipe emissions, everything else being equal.”

That’s a daunting issue for carmakers, considering that electric vehicles already have a tendency to be heavier than gas vehicles because of the weight of their batteries, and the fact that buyers want greater range — meaning bigger battery packs. Weights of batteries vary among electric vehicles, but the average is about 1,000 pounds, according to information on BatteryStory.com.

According to a CNN report, the battery-powered Ford F-150 Lightning weighs 1,600 pounds more than a regular F-150 truck. The Volvo XC40 Recharge packs an extra 1,000 pounds of weight when compared to a Volvo XC40 with an internal-combustion engine.

There is a caveat to this: “An important difference between tire and tailpipe particle emissions is that most of the former is understood to go straight to soil and water, whereas most of the latter is suspended in air for a period, and therefore negatively affects air quality,” Emissions Analytics noted.

However, 11 percent of tire particulate emissions is smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, which is “the common metric for fine particle dust,” which may become airborne.

Any way you cut it, though, it’s pollution going into the air, the water, or the soil that’s coming from electric vehicles. And it’s worse than tires on cars with lighter, gas-powered engines.

This is just one study, of course — but it’s also just one problem with the switchover to electric vehicles that progressives keep pushing.

Take spontaneous combustion, for instance.

In Paris, a state-owned public transport operator pulled 149 of its buses off of the street after two of them exploded last month. Also in April, a house fire caused by an electric vehicle charger in the Washington, D.C., area was reported to have caused $15,000 in damages. As Washington’s WTOP-TV noted, this came just weeks after another D.C.-area house fire caused by an electric car charger generated $350,000 in damages.

With public chargers — like the ones the administration desperately wants to fund — the issue is whether they work at all. A study in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this year found that over a quarter of the charging stations weren’t fully functioning. Then there’s the length of time it takes to charge at public stations, as one Business Insider journalist noted in a tweet:

And then there’s the environmental damage caused by mining the minerals needed to build EV components. Or the fact that China controls most of the supply-chain access to said minerals. Or that EVs are considerably more expensive than gas-powered vehicles.

Now that the truth is already on the table, maybe it’s time the progressive left at least admit that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

There’s a poison that can be found in electric vehicles. This a truth everyone especially the left shouldn’t be ignoring.

Sources: WesternJournal, WTOP-TV, CNN

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