Smog alarms are real and dangerous. Millions of people are facing serious air pollution every day. Not only in booming Asia, but also the risks of breathing polluted air are increasing in the United States and Europe too. For the first time in seventeen years, the government of France enforced new rules allowing only motorists driving cars with odd-numbered registration plates in Paris in order to improve air quality.
The level of PM10 particles per cubic metre in the French capital reached 180 micrograms, exceeding more than twice the safe limit of 80 micrograms. A mix of unseasonably weather conditions with high day temperatures and no wind caused the unhealthy situation. Smog was notable in other major European cities like Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. However no measurements were announced there.
Two of the key measurements that can be taken is to electrify mobility and to invest in public transport. In some countries electric car buyers benefit from subsidies while buying a battery-electric or plug-in battery-electric vehicle. While EV sales increases every year, various problems are still needed to be tackled. Most of them are related to image. An electric vehicle might be not so cool (but might already be more accepted in comparison with a few years ago), limited range is still being considered as an important hurdle that is hard to overcome and the average price tag is not targeted on mainstream, yet.
Ernst & Young conducted a research about the effects Formula E would have considering its programme bringing e-motorsport to city centres around the world, including polluted capital cities like Beijing, China. Thanks to the fully-electric racing series, the world can save €25 billion on health care costs and productivity from pollution reduction and significant quality of life improvement in cities. Also the CO2 levels would drop by 900 million tonnes, which is twice the yearly annual emissions produced by Italy.
Formula E will be a game changer in bringing new technology to the people and to convince the audience, especially those you will buy their first car within the next ten years, to go electric. It is anticipated that the efforts of Formula E will lead to an increase of EV sales by 77 million additional sales. More electric vehicles on the road means less air pollution. And who knows the amount of smog alarms will be a bit reduced thanks to the ‘Formula E factor’.
Tip: read the in-depth article about the Formula E Sustainability Report here.