No, it isn’t clickbait. In recent studies, electric vehicles have been shown to give off very low frequencies in EMR, (electromagnetic radiation) which can have cancer causing effects on individuals exposed to it.
Many of the studies that have been conducted on this rather worrying topic have been funded by companies with vested interests on one side of this question which makes it hard to know which studies that we can trust.
Numerous independent lab studies conducted over recent decades have found that even very little exposure to this EMR has had biological effects on the human body. This is suggestive that the guidelines on EMR exposure are not strict enough, these guidelines are decided by the International Commission on Non Iodizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and they haven’t updates these guidelines to keep up with the recent outburst of Electric Vehicle use and are not adequate enough to protect the health of users.
These magnetic fields have been shown to produce cancer causing effects on humans and therefore manufacturers should be ensuring electric and hybrid vehicles are equipped with the correct safety features to protect people from this, especially as the owners of these vehicles tend to spend significant amounts of time in the vehicles and therefore are exposed to these EMR’s for longer.
In January, 2014, SINTEF, the biggest independent research organization in Scandinavia, proposed manufacturing design guidelines that could reduce the magnetic fields in electric vehicles, All Electric and Hybrid Vehicle manufacturers should follow these guidelines to ensure their customers’ safety
This issue will not continue unnoticed or unsolved and we will undoubtedly see a change in electric and hybrid vehicles in the near future to adhere with these proposed guidelines and make electric vehicles safe for everyone. That said, your EV is not producing a level of radiation that immediately or in the near future affects you, so there is no need to fear but for future safety precautions we need to see a change in electric cars to ensure that there are zero chances of them having a harmful effect on somebody’s health.
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