Get the Facts on the Environmental and Public Health Benefits of EVs

April 30, 2021

Going electric is one of the best ways New Yorkers can fight climate change.

As part of our public awareness campaign on electric vehicles, Plug It In, NY, we released the third in our series of fact sheets to encourage New Yorkers to make an EV their next vehicle. 

Our third fact sheet covers the environmental and public health benefits of EV adoption. 

Fossil-fuel-powered vehicles emit harmful pollutants, many of which have been linked to adverse health effects, and decreased air quality. 

Our fact sheet dives into the different pollutants found in diesel emissions and their effect on human health.

Particulate matter consists of small inhalable particles measuring less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter and come from a variety of sources, including combustion from vehicle engines. It is hazardous to human health because it can carry toxic pollutants deep into lower airways.

Lower-income communities and communities of color, especially in urban areas, face higher levels of exposure to diesel emissions. These groups also suffer from higher rates of negative health outcomes attributed to diesel.

The Union of Concerned Scientists published a report in 2019 that found that people of color in New York were exposed to significantly more PM2.5 emissions compared to white residents. 

Diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles release greenhouse gases, a leading cause of climate change. 

EV adoption can lower both pollution-related health outcomes and greenhouse gas emissions. EVs have a much smaller carbon footprint on average than conventional cars. As our power grid switches to renewable energy like solar, wind, and hydropower, EVs will become an even cleaner way to get around.

EVs are good for us and the planet!

< Back to Our Work

Related Articles

As part of our public awareness campaign on electric vehicles, Plug It In, NY, we released the fourth in our series of fact sheets. This one focuses on the costs, incentives, and funding opportunities associated with purchasing and owning an EV.

Paul Dibenedetto, Long Island Below is a photo of my car charging at home using the charger Ford gave with the car. It hooks up to a 120v outlet. In the summer the electric range is about 23-25 miles and in the winter, that drops to about 13-15 miles of range. Overall, the lifetime mpg…

Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement about a commitment to school bus electrification is a monumental step towards our goal. However, there is still more work to be done in order to ensure that this commitment is upheld by the next mayor and that it is codified into law.

We are excited to publish our inaugural Annual Report so that we can provide a progress report on our advocacy, programmatic, and development goals.

We convened New York City Mayoral candidates to share their views on a variety of sustainability issues in a series of taped interviews. We asked questions on issues including air quality, water quality, parks and open space, public transportation, climate adaptation, composting, and green infrastructure. Watch the full video. Event Recap NYLCV President Julie Tight…

As part of our public awareness campaign on electric vehicles, Plug It In, NY, we released the second in our series of fact sheets to encourage New Yorkers to make an EV their next vehicle. Our second fact sheet covers everything there is to know about charging an EV.

Japanese Knotweed is present everywhere along the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries. Left unmanaged it continues to spread along the river and everywhere it can find suitable conditions all the while crowding out native riparian vegetation leading to habitat loss, soil erosion, and bank destabilization. Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) is undertaking…

As part of our public awareness campaign on EVs, Plug It In, NY, we released the first of a series of fact sheets to encourage New Yorkers to make an EV their next vehicle. This first fact sheet dispels myths about charging range which many associate with EVs, known as range anxiety.

We are committed to educating, engaging, and empowering New Yorkers to be effective advocates for the environment. One of our top priorities is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, New York’s largest source of emissions. Given that there are nearly 11.5 million vehicles registered in NYS, getting individual New Yorkers to make the…

Get Involved

THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS