Saturday, May 31, 2014

Do Electric Cars (EV) Generate Harmful Magnetic Fiels?

The sell of electric cars, or electric vehicles (EVs), is on the raise due to environmental reasons. At the same time the doubt or worry about impact of magnetic fields generated from EV to human body also in the raise.

A comprehensive study has been conducted by European scientists should put those fears to rest. An electromagnetic safety research project funded by the EU and bringing together experts and research institutes from 10 countries to look into the level of magnetic fields from EVs. The team used 8 different vehicles (100% electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell, gasoline, diesel) and mannequins, with sensitive sensors in the head, chest, and feet, to simulate and measure the exposure to real human drivers. They found that in all cases, exposure to magnetic fields in electric cars was lower than 20% of the limiting value recommended by the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection).

The measurements taken at the head-height were less than 2% of that recommended value for EVs. Interestingly, gasoline and diesel-powered cars measured at around 10% of the limiting value. Hence, the team concluded that there is a good safety margin and should have no cause for concern.

The main problem with health hazard caused by magnetic fields from EVs is the placebo effect. People who believe that they are being harmed might feel that harm. This means that the main way to cure those ills is informing people.

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