EVs: A Boon For Air, But A Challenge For Pedestrians?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly taking over the roads, reducing harmful emissions and combating climate change. They help the environment, but a UK study found they’re twice as likely to hit pedestrians compared to gas-powered cars.

The culprit? Noise, or rather the lack of it. EVs are significantly quieter than traditional vehicles, making them easily missed by pedestrians, especially in bustling urban environments. This can lead to delayed reactions and increased risk of accidents.

Researchers analyzed pedestrian accidents involving cars and taxis between 2013 and 2017. Though EVs accounted for only 2% of accidents compared to 74% for fossil-fuel vehicles, the risk per vehicle on the road was double for electric vehicles.

So, how can we bridge this gap? The study suggests educating pedestrians on quiet EVs and implementing new safety tech like automatic braking systems, emitting of sound.

Further research is recommended to explore driver demographics, such as age or experience, play a role in these accidents. By understanding the root causes, we can create targeted solutions that promote both environmental well-being and pedestrian safety.

This shift towards EVs requires a multi-faceted approach. By acknowledging the challenges and implementing effective solutions, we can ensure a future where cleaner air coexists with safer roads for everyone.

Reference- Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Marketplace.org