EVs are a Climate Solution with a Pollution Problem: Tire Particles
Published on Grist, Paul Krantz delves into the environmental impact of tire pollution, a concern exacerbated by the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). While the shift to EVs has led to a decline in tailpipe emissions, it has simultaneously escalated tire pollution due to the heavier weight and more aggressive torque of electric cars. Emissions Analytics found that a single car sheds nearly nine pounds of tire weight per year, contributing to six million metric tons of tire pollution globally. The article highlights the toxic components of tire particulate, including microplastics and volatile organic compounds, which pose threats to air, soil, water, and human health. Krantz suggests that addressing this issue requires comprehensive measures, including reducing car use, incentivizing smaller and lighter vehicles, introducing weight-based vehicle taxes, and regulating tire manufacturing practices to explore safer alternatives.