Nissan shows how EVs can help fight air pollution

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IN ASIA and Oceania, approximately four billion people — 92% of Asia and the Pacific’s population — are exposed to air pollution levels that pose a significant health risk. This was further highlighted with the February 2020 launch of the world’s largest real-time air quality data bank under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), indicating that much of the region endures “unhealthy” air-quality levels. Air pollution is now globally the fifth leading cause of death among all health risks, with nine percent of deaths attributed to it.

To address this as part of its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions, Nissan, which made the world’s first mass-production electric vehicle Leaf, collected analysis of the impact the vehicle has had worldwide since its 2010 debut. At the same time, there is “compelling data” to demonstrate how electric mobility can be part of solutions to address air pollution levels.

Studies show that just one electric vehicle (EV) can save 4.6 metric tons of greenhouse gases each year — equivalent to planting 209 trees.

More than 460,000 Nissan Leaf owners throughout the world have jointly contributed to saving around 2.1 million metric tons of CO2. More than 81 million trees are needed to process that much CO2 in a year. Over 13 billion emission-free kilometers have been driven by Leaf owners — the distance of driving to the moon more than 33,800 times.

With a 55% reduction in current CO2 emissions needed by 2030 to halt global warming, Nissan says that 2020 could be the “catalyst year” of change for consumers making choices, like switching to EVs, to have a direct impact on air pollution. For more information, visit