Electric cars have been silently taking over our garages, streets and cities. But while the vehicles may be good for the planet, some people are concerned their magnetic fields may not be good for a driver’s health. Now a seven-country study argues that these concerns are unfounded with evidence to suggest electric cars do not generate electromagnetic fields higher than those recommended,The dangers of electromagnetic fields in hybrid and electric vehicles began emerging on internet forums as soon as the first car began appearing on our roads. The flow of electrical current to the motor that moves a hybrid vehicle produces electromagnetic fields a number of hybrid owners tested their cars for electromagnetic fields using hand-held meters and were alarmed by the results. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>>
But the latest study, led by Norway-based Sintef, argues these concerns have been blown out of proportion. EMF levels in seven different electric cars, one hydrogen-powered car, two petrol-fuelled cars and one diesel-fuelled car were measured in the laboratory and during road tests. The highest values of electromagnetic exposure in electric cars were measured near the floor, close to the battery itself and when starting the cars.
In all cases, exposure to magnetic fields was lower than 20 per cent of the value recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Sensors picked up a burst of radiation that same level, when the cars were started.