Health impact from vehicles powered by renewable energy

Energy in Demand - Sustainable Energy - Rod Janssen

The Economic Times of India provides a good article about a recent study in the US showing the lower air pollution from renewable-powered vehicles has many health benefits. This is an important message for India and all of us.

Renewable energy-powered vehicles can save lives

Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent, says a study.

The researchers from University of Minnesota also found that vehicles running on corn ethanol or powered by coal-based or “grid average” electricity are worse for health.

Switching from gasoline to those fuels would increase the number of resulting deaths due to air pollution by 80 percent or more.

“These findings demonstrate the importance of clean electricity, such as from natural gas or renewable sources of energy, in substantially reducing the negative health impacts of transportation,” said study co-author Chris…

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