All’s not well about electric vehicles despite many consider EVs to be environmentally superior due to their lower greenhouse gas emissions. However, according to a recent study, electric vehicles (EVs) may release a significantly higher amount of particulate matter from brakes and tyres compared to modern gas-powered cars with efficient exhaust filters. This is mainly due to the heavier batteries compared to petrol engines.

A study by Emission Analytics, featured in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, highlights the issue of particle pollution stemming from brakes and tyres in both EVs and traditional fossil fuel vehicles.

As per the Emission Analytics report, the EVs’ heavier weight results in tyres deteriorating faster and releasing harmful chemicals into the air. Most tyres are made from synthetic rubber derived from crude oil. This increase could be as significant as 1,850 times, according to the study.

The report mentions the Tesla Model Y and the Ford F-150 Lightning, with both equipped with batteries weighing around 1,800 pounds. The study suggests that tyre wear emissions from an EV with such a heavy battery could be 400 times higher than the exhaust emissions from a modern petrol car.

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