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Sunderland-built electric cars could protect our health, finds Parliament report – News – Sunderland Echo

A view showing a Nissan Leaf electric car being polished at the Nissan Plant, Sunderland.
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ELECTRIC cars could play a key role into putting the brakes on pollution in our cities and protect our health, a new study has revealed.

Daily levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide – which can cause breathing problems – regularly exceed the recommended safety limits, and are on the rise.

A three-year trial into the impact of electric vehicles (EVs) has shown that rolling them out across the region’s roads would protect both our health and the environment.

Outdoor air pollution causes approximately 1.3million deaths every year worldwide. In 2011, a House of Commons environmental report found that poor air quality reduces life expectancy in the UK by about eight months, and causes up to 50,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.

Transport experts at Newcastle University found that daytime air pollution levels in our towns and cities regularly exceed the Government’s recommended 40µg m-3 (21 parts per billion) for prolonged periods – putting people’s health at risk.

Now the SwitchEV study – the first of its kind in the UK and involving Washington firms Nissan and Smith Electric Vehicles – has shown that not only could electric vehicles reduce transport-related pollution in our cities, they also produce less CO2 per km than a combustion engine, even when the pollution associated with electricity generation at power stations is taken into account.

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Sunderland-built electric cars could protect our health, finds Parliament report – News – Sunderland Echo

A view showing a Nissan Leaf electric car being polished at the Nissan Plant, Sunderland.
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ELECTRIC cars could play a key role into putting the brakes on pollution in our cities and protect our health, a new study has revealed.

Daily levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide – which can cause breathing problems – regularly exceed the recommended safety limits, and are on the rise.

A three-year trial into the impact of electric vehicles (EVs) has shown that rolling them out across the region’s roads would protect both our health and the environment.

Outdoor air pollution causes approximately 1.3million deaths every year worldwide. In 2011, a House of Commons environmental report found that poor air quality reduces life expectancy in the UK by about eight months, and causes up to 50,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.

Transport experts at Newcastle University found that daytime air pollution levels in our towns and cities regularly exceed the Government’s recommended 40µg m-3 (21 parts per billion) for prolonged periods – putting people’s health at risk.

Now the SwitchEV study – the first of its kind in the UK and involving Washington firms Nissan and Smith Electric Vehicles – has shown that not only could electric vehicles reduce transport-related pollution in our cities, they also produce less CO2 per km than a combustion engine, even when the pollution associated with electricity generation at power stations is taken into account.

More http://m.sunderlandecho.com/news/sunderland-built-electric-cars-could-protect-our-health-finds-parliament-report-1-5715150

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Sunderland-built electric cars could protect our health, finds Parliament report – News – Sunderland Echo

A view showing a Nissan Leaf electric car being polished at the Nissan Plant, Sunderland.
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ELECTRIC cars could play a key role into putting the brakes on pollution in our cities and protect our health, a new study has revealed.

Daily levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide – which can cause breathing problems – regularly exceed the recommended safety limits, and are on the rise.

A three-year trial into the impact of electric vehicles (EVs) has shown that rolling them out across the region’s roads would protect both our health and the environment.

Outdoor air pollution causes approximately 1.3million deaths every year worldwide. In 2011, a House of Commons environmental report found that poor air quality reduces life expectancy in the UK by about eight months, and causes up to 50,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.

Transport experts at Newcastle University found that daytime air pollution levels in our towns and cities regularly exceed the Government’s recommended 40µg m-3 (21 parts per billion) for prolonged periods – putting people’s health at risk.

Now the SwitchEV study – the first of its kind in the UK and involving Washington firms Nissan and Smith Electric Vehicles – has shown that not only could electric vehicles reduce transport-related pollution in our cities, they also produce less CO2 per km than a combustion engine, even when the pollution associated with electricity generation at power stations is taken into account.

More http://m.sunderlandecho.com/news/sunderland-built-electric-cars-could-protect-our-health-finds-parliament-report-1-5715150

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