The improvement in air quality is making people think more about electric vehicles

Battery electric vehicles outsold all fuel types except petrol cars in April 2020.

A recent study published by Harvard scientists links small amounts of long-term exposure to fine particulate pollution with a higher incidence of death from Covid-19. 

This is perhaps the main reason why the people who are buying cars are proportionally buying more electric vehicles than ever before. It may just be that the improvement in air quality due to stay-at-home measures is increasing awareness in people of the direct impact of pollution in our health. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, sales in all type of vehicles suffered a big drop in April. However, battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales were down just 9.7% in the month, while sales of petrol fell 98.5% and diesel cars 97.6%.

Image: SMMT.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) predicts that the sell of BEVs will double in 2020.


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