Is radiation high in all electric cars?
I’m interested in buying an electric car, but I heard that electric cars emit a lot of radiation, and that you can even get cancer from all the radiation an electric car produces. Is radiation high in all electric cars?
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Great question! Electric cars do not emit radiation as we’re used to discussing it, such as nuclear radiation. While they do generate Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation, it’s a negligible amount.
Nuclear radiation isn’t the only form of radiation out there. All electronic devices put out an extremely low frequency (ELF) EMF, caused by their batteries, internal circuitry, and parts. In this way, EMF radiation is nothing new, and is something we have been exposed to for a long time. Another form of EMF is radio frequency (RF), which emits from wireless connections like Bluetooth or WiFi.
EMF radiation is generated by batteries. The larger the battery, the more radiation created. In this way, it’s been assumed that electric cars create a higher amount of EMF radiation. However, studies have shown that an electric vehicle only contains about 20% of the limit recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection.
As electric cars don’t generate any other emissions, they are still healthier than gas vehicles, which emit carcinogenic greenhouse gasses.
While symptoms of EMF radiation have been reported to include headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, loss of libido, depression, and thoughts of suicide, the World Health Organization (WHO) states there is no scientific proof that these symptoms are as a result of exposure to EMF radiation.
Research has shown at this point that electromagnetic fields are far below recommended standards. Those recommended standards are the least amount of radiation one would need to be exposed to to become sick or develop illnesses, showing that EMF radiation from EVs is not a concern.
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