Viewpoint: Why EVs aren’t a silver bullet for the particulate problem

Viewpoint: Why EVs aren’t a silver bullet for the particulate problem

Leading environmental scientist Prof Roy Harrison examines whether EVs will actually improve air quality in the UK. Road traffic has had a bad press in recent times over its influence on air pollution. Current estimates are that air pollution in the UK is associated with around 40,000 premature deaths per year, which exceeds the number of deaths in road traffic accidents by more than a factor of 20. Hence this is an important public health problem, but is it solely due to road traffic, and will electric vehicles provide the necessary solution? As with many environmental questions, the issues […]