The impact electric cars will have on humanity and our lifestyles will not only be at an economical level, but it will also change our state of health, a new report by the American Lung Association states. This means that besides saving $6 billion in health and fuel costs, the electric car will make us live longer – and probably better.
Although California is one of the states where the strictness about tailpipe emissions has skyrocketed in recent years, it is also the state with the most polluted air in the United States, because it has many cars. The real issue is, according to ALA-California’s Bonnie Holmes-Gen, that “right now about 9,000 people die every year from premature deaths related to air pollution.”
The ALA envisions that three quarters of California’s cars will be electric or plug-in hybrid by 2025, and that conventional gas-guzzlers should begin phasing out starting 2017.
“We’re talking about requiring the car companies to make 20 percent of new cars zero emission vehicles, we’re talking about requiring car companies to use the technologies that are available today to make more efficient vehicles, like hybrid electric vehicles that use a lot less gas and produce a lot less emissions of air pollutions and global warming gases,” Holmes-Gen said.
He also stated that the reducing the number of polluting cars on the roads will account for a reduction of up to 70 percent in the cases of asthma attacks and chronic lung illnesses, preventing premature deaths related to them. The ALA compares the skepticism car manufacturers have with regard to produce electric vehicles with the phenomenon that happened in the early days of seat belts, air bags and tailpipe catalytic converters.
On the other hand, it’s normal for any good thing to happen slowly – it’s hard to give up that revved engine sound and the speed at which you can currently fuel your car. All of those will however pass, as batteries, ultracapacitors and fuel cell technologies are getting better every day.