The coronavirus is showing us how clean the air can be if electric cars were the norm

Updated: May 21, 2020

By: Fred Lambert


With all the loss of lives and financial destruction that the coronavirus has brought us, it’s hard to look at silver linings from this crisis, but there’s one that’s becoming obvious: cleaner air.

It might not last for long, but it’s giving us a glimpse at what we could experience if the world was to rapidly transition to electric transportation.

With shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders all over the world, passenger car traffic has been way down and people have been burning way less petrol.

Here in California, it has been almost two weeks since most people who can work from home have been staying off the road, and we are starting to see an incredible impact on the air.

I have been staying in Silverlake in Los Angeles for the past three months.

We have a great view from our backyard and can see miles out.

However, due to the smog that surrounds Los Angeles, we were only able to see the San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles a day or two after the smog is cleared by the rain — then it’s back to seeing only a few miles out.

But now it hasn’t rained in a week, and we can see further out than I’ve ever seen in the last three months:

We can see all the way to the Cucamonga Peak, which is a good 50 miles from here.

Of course, that’s only anecdotal evidence, but the data is starting to back it up.

Of course, that’s only anecdotal evidence, but the data is starting to back it up.

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