Why Electric Cars Won’t Solve the Pollution Problem

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Electric cars are billed as a solution to the Earth’s pollution problem. But as Anthony shows us, the majority of pollution actually comes from places you’d least expect.

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DAYASHII September 27, 2018 - 8:57 AM

When the electric car craze starts making people think they can beat everyone on the quarter mile, think again when a 2000 hp Supra kicks your ass

Ride Out November 8, 2018 - 3:56 AM

You hate electric cars?

Harish Ganesan November 10, 2018 - 11:11 PM

All particles mentioned in the video are heavier so they will settle down on earth and not fly around

Tribolix January 28, 2019 - 12:28 AM

your video has nothing to do with „electric“ cars

john gilkison February 9, 2019 - 10:52 PM

So what? Not helpful.

David Reich February 11, 2019 - 1:37 AM

When there is a power outage as occurred for many days in the last FL hurricane, powering up your electric car will not be possible. Electric cars tie the vehicle to the reliability of the power source.

Randy Carter March 4, 2019 - 5:19 AM

It is far easier to clean up 1 big smoke stack than 500,000 exhaust pipes. 500,000 systems that have to be kept in perfect working order over a 12 year lifespan and even then still produce twice the pollution of a EV running off of 100% coal fired electricity.

Fresh L2Spam March 13, 2019 - 1:24 AM

This is probably the dumbest video I have ever seen you are making it sound like cars arnt a major cause i pollution electric is defintly the way to go yeah obviously it wont solve it completly but 1 third of all pollution is still alot and people can only do so many things at once

Mark Iliff March 15, 2019 - 8:51 PM

"They're not going to solve the pollution problem alone"
↑ who claimed they would?

Breathtaking Samurai March 31, 2019 - 7:43 AM

Yeah, yeah, it's much funnier to pump oil and destroy our planet 👍

GodlikeVallenrod April 9, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Electric cars are the opposite of great.

Danielle McLean April 20, 2019 - 8:05 PM

electric cars aren't the answer. eVTOLs are the answer ;)

Danyxl April 26, 2019 - 1:18 AM

TThey aren't great. They may cars boring and they make cars boring to drive and sound of nothing. All these non car guys drive electric cars. Cars with the internal combustion engine at better you can work on them enjoy the lovely noise and the fact that you have a transmission unlike Tesla.

Roamin Scot May 7, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Nitrates??? are you crazy ??? lets kill more sealife

M.A qazi May 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Plastic roads?

Jack Jeen June 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

And Fossil fuel pollution does not cause cancer

Geek Mechanic June 19, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Ill never own an electric car

John Theux July 6, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Well, teslas are rated for one million miles so i don't think wear is a problem.

Pottasium July 23, 2019 - 1:22 PM

electirc this electric that…. Most of the pollution comes from China, india and some 3rd world countries, And ships

Ed July 31, 2019 - 9:59 AM

they advertise superchargers as being able to power 2500 100w light-bulbs (which are illegal so sell and produce because of inefficiency) but its efficient to burn all that electricity at a charging station and to preheat and cool and maintain batteries… and most of that electricity comes from fossil fuels!

Brendan McClelland August 3, 2019 - 1:09 AM

I know one thing for certain. It’s better you follow either light green or bright green environmentalism than dark green environmentalism.

Luiz Eduardo August 18, 2019 - 10:32 AM

look into tires

Ahmed Mejri October 11, 2019 - 8:22 PM

what about batteries like in a world full of EVs when we finally need to dispose of a car how is the battery being recycled

Nichsa 444 November 7, 2019 - 7:23 AM

We need super flexible component

Bob Obake November 27, 2019 - 2:46 AM

Who said that an electric car was supposed to solve any problems? Maybe just a more simple vehicle that doesn't require massive maintenance is good enough? Just a thought Mr Glasses might make people not think about my asinine opening statement wrong!

Lars Pallesen December 5, 2019 - 12:21 PM

You're talking about concrete and sealings and other stuff that has nothing to do with electric cars?
And then you say that NOX pollution, when washed down the drains will, "help fertalize the environment" ? What? Who wrote this script? Shell?

Nitheesh Kumar December 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Next big thing is recycling CO² and producing methanol fuel.

Mazda Miata December 24, 2019 - 9:44 PM

I will just walk…

JONOVID December 25, 2019 - 10:25 PM

pollution is natural, like volcanoes, like death is unavoidable. electric vehicles have limitations range cost & charging times. petroleum is still superior in vehicle performance.

HotrodADV71 January 20, 2020 - 4:31 AM

EV cars are great for those living in the cities. I'll look at them when you can charge them instantly, I don't want to take a road trip and have to sit there for 45min waiting for it to charge. And why do all EV owners look like gay liberals.

unleashed rider February 1, 2020 - 6:52 AM

Wannabe nerd.

philip tucker February 7, 2020 - 4:48 AM

Please he clearly the emissions coming out of his mouth do your research before opening mouth like er. Brake dust come on regen braking is from electric motor not brakes

Scott Kolaya February 19, 2020 - 12:40 PM

Oh again someone just comparing tailpipe emissions and completely ignoring the whole well to tank process of fossil fuels like if someone rubs the magic genie bottle and gasoline appears at the gas station. Why is he talking about brake pads? Clearly hasn't ever driven an EV or knows that the pads don't wear down like a fossil car. It's funny to see these videos still around from back in 2013.

Salvador Lopez June 5, 2020 - 9:43 PM

too much nitrates in the system would be bad too though

xq39 September 12, 2020 - 2:01 AM

these morons in the comments keep saying "reee regenetive breaking' like they do not have tires that scrub off microplastics constantly. Tire Pollution is Far worse than Even car exhaust you numb skulls, and guess what, your 5000 pound tesla scrubs off a LOT of tire dust.

St. Paul MN September 23, 2020 - 5:07 AM

Tires are freaking loud af I can’t even have dinner on the side of the road without having my head explode

BusesinLondon345 October 26, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Regenerative braking: allow me to introduce myself

cindy mananzala martinez November 20, 2020 - 5:22 AM

It won't solve the pollution problem, but even a simple-minded person with common sense would know that using e-cars would significantly reduce the CO2 emission coming from ordinary cars.

Ben Lorentz December 14, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Lithium batteries require lithium mining which pollutes the earth more than every Diesel/Gas Truck on the road will in their service life. So you're still polluting and solving nothing!

cyb3r kitsun3 December 28, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Maybe cars could run on stored energy like a spring or twisted rubber bands or compressed air

StrongTheGoner February 13, 2021 - 7:29 PM

Everybody is talking about EV's but nobody is talking about the mess and contamination the lithium batteries are going to cause to the planet, oceans and water we drink when they stop working. Please make a video about it.

Simon Reeves April 5, 2021 - 2:52 PM

Are EVs perfect for the environment? No, but they are way, way better than combustion vehicles in every respect.

Golam Mahdi April 29, 2021 - 5:02 PM


Jackey Lovalux May 17, 2021 - 6:05 AM

billions of Cars polluting the planet 24/7 non stop , meanwhile car dealer ships just keep pumping out more cars , they want a family of 4 to have five cars , they want a single person to own 2 cars , they could care less about the long term affects of what cars are doing to this planet and those of us that dont drive have to everyday go out and get poisoned by car fumes

כולנו ביחד September 28, 2021 - 11:41 AM

Where Is Greta Thunberg?

It seems as though the world is on the fast lane toward cleaning the car industry from polluting emissions. Everyone is rushing to create clean cars, whether battery or hydrogen powered engines, and bask in their cleanness.
But the green alibi hides behind it a dirty truth: Zero emission does not mean zero pollution. Mining rare Earth materials required for zero-emissions engines, building charging stations, and the complex logistics surrounding the “clean” industries will take a heavy toll on Earth. In the end, the only ones who will gain from the “clean revolution” are the tycoons who are selling it to us, and the government officials who placate them for their own reasons.
Where is Greta Thunberg these days? Like the rest of the pawns in the battle for wealth and power, the “climate knights” have sent her back to oblivion once they finished using her. It is all power games among giant corporations, but the environment and the climate are no one’s concern.
Even if we switch to wind energy or ocean-wave energy, I don’t believe that we will gain much. We will have to pay for it elsewhere.
For this reason, I think that the crux of the problem is not emissions, but our behavior toward nature and toward our fellow human beings. Here is where we can produce positive and lasting results. If we could communicate with one another positively, we could stop the madness of excessive development that manufactures unnecessary and harmful products.
If we could slow down a bit, we wouldn’t need to burn so much fuel in order to defeat competitors in a race for wealth that makes no one happy. Only if we realize that our happiness depends on the quality of our relationships, and not on the padding of our bank accounts, we will be able to pause a little, think, and rebuild our civilization in a way that contributes to nature, to humanity, and to each of us.

Dude Guy October 5, 2021 - 6:31 AM

I'm buying the 2020 Bugatti Chiron solely because it ranks the worst for the environment. F.U. libtards.