Non-exhaust road emissions are on the rise as the world strives toward net zero — but air quality doesn’t have to suffer.
Exhaust Emissions Aren’t The Only Source of Road Traffic Pollution
All vehicles generate wear particle pollution. Whether they’re gas-powered, diesel-powered, hybrid, or electric, vehicles driving on roads create friction that releases fine dust into the air.
1,000x Worse Than Exhaust Emissions
Braking, accelerating, and turning wear down tires and brakes over time. Tire and brake dust already significantly contribute to road traffic pollution, and this type of particulate pollution could be 1,000 times worse than exhaust emissions.
More fine particle pollution coming from Heavy electric vehicles
As the world adopts electric vehicles (EVs), exhaust emissions are projected to decline. But EVs are 20-30% heavier than gas-powered equivalents, and heavier vehicles create more friction on roads. That means more EVs could lead to increased wear particle pollution and lower air quality.
#1 Cause of road traffic Fine Particle Pollution by 2035
Wear particle pollution is poised to overtake exhaust emissions as the #1 cause of fine particle pollution from road traffic by 2035, but we don’t have to trade one pollutant for another to achieve a cleaner world.
Designing Customized Non-Exhaust Emissions Control
At Feorr, our engineers create innovative vehicle solutions that are simple to integrate. We work with auto manufacturers to reduce wear particle pollution. Customizable geolocation-based programming engages in the areas where air quality matters the most.