March 28, 2023
Source: Smart Cities Dive
A study from the University of Southern California, released last week, showed a reduction in local air pollution levels and asthma-related emergency room visits in areas with higher concentrations of electric vehicles. The ZIP code-level study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC was one of the first “to quantify the real-world environmental and health benefits of zero-emission vehicles,” the university stated.
Zero-emission vehicles accounted for nearly one in five light-duty vehicle sales in California in 2022, according to data from the California Energy Commission. But, of the 345,000 ZEVs sold in California last year, more than 200,000 were Tesla vehicles, categorized as luxury or near-luxury vehicles.