Electric Vehicle Tire Pollution Is 20% Higher Than Gas or Diesel Vehicles:

What’s The Environmental Impact?

Electric vehicles have become the poster child for environmentally-friendly transportation. They are known and loved for their zero-emissions production, and while it’s true that they produce zero tailpipe emissions, they are not entirely pollution-free. 

EV tires produce an astounding 20% more tire pollution than your typical ICE-powered cars.

Since electric vehicles are heavier and accelerate quicker than gas-powered cars, their tires shed more rubber and other toxic materials when on the road. All this rubber particulate that rubs off expels into the air, and the effects are still being studied. 

Since tire pollution is so new, scientists have yet to pinpoint exactly how harmful it is.

Still, research suggests that tires are the second-leading source of microplastics in the ocean, which should come as no surprise when you consider how many vehicles are on the road in 2023.

In addition to harming the ocean, research by the National Library of Medicine reported that 6PPD-quinone is a byproduct of tire emissions, killing loads of coho salmon in Washington State. 

They stated, “Urban stormwater runoff frequently contains the car tire transformation product 6PPD-quinone, which is highly toxic to juvenile and adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch).” 

All that to say, if it’s killing coho salmon, we can guess that it’s probably not healthy for anything else, either. 

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