Surprising Mental Health Benefits Of Driving Electric Vehicles

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Electric vehicles already have several advantages over gas-powered cars. From no fuel cost to zero tailpipe emission, but now a new study might confirm that the quieter driving environment of an electrically driven vehicle can have significant mental health benefits, according to a new brain monitoring study.

According to new research, 70% of motorists believe that a quieter cabin would help improve their mood and reduce stress during the time they spend in the car. The findings suggest that making journeys in an electric vehicle – renowned for the quietness of their interiors compared with road cars powered by internal combustion engines – can help keep drivers and passengers happier.

The quieter driving environment of an electrically driven vehicle can have significant mental health benefits, according to a new brain monitoring study

The study was led by acoustics expert Dr. Duncan Williams of the University of York and ordered by LEVC (London EV Company), which makes the electric black cabs operating in London. What they did is place an electroencephalogram, often referred to as a ‘brain cap’, on the head of four professional cabbies who all operate in central London and monitor their brain activity as they drove both the electric and diesel black cabs.

The study also found that 74% of the UK’s car-driving population above 30 years-old desire “more ‘quiet time’ in everyday life”, with 83% of the same group believing that “Britain is a much nosier place compared with 10 years ago”.

Commenting on the findings, motoring journalist Quentin Willson said: “When you start driving an electric vehicle the first thing you notice is the quietness of the cabin. Rather than it being a novelty, this can have a positive effect on your well-being. We all know how stressful car travel can be – I’ve found the electric motor can turn journeys into a zen-like experience!”

Although some people might be concerned about Range Anxiety, the new EVs in the market will slowly remove this barrier. The claim indicates more Mental Health Benefits of driving EVs. The finding shows drivers are more focused, calmer, and happier when driving the electric version of the taxi.

More focused than when driving the diesel vehicle

  • Higher levels of beta brain wave activity were recorded by drivers in the electric vehicle, which indicates higher levels of active concentration. In short, while driving the electric taxi, drivers were freed up to get on with driving
  • This was particularly noticeable when vehicles are waiting at traffic lights – a common situation for the London cabbie

Calmer than when driving the diesel vehicle

  • Heart rate was consistently less variable in the electric taxi than the diesel taxi, indicating greater mental calmness
  • The electric taxi was a less noisy working environment for the drivers with around 5dB less overall amplitude, and an increased dynamic range in comparison to recordings from the diesel taxi.

Happier than when driving the diesel vehicle

  • Additional driver survey data showed that the largest improvement over the diesel taxi reported by the drivers was increased happiness
  • This was followed by reduced stress and less distraction in the electric taxi

As Electric cars become more affordable, a lot of people will take serious considerations to buy EVs for their next car. According to a survey conducted by TurnOnGreen, approximately 72% of Gen Z are interested in switching to EVs. People can be happier, more focused, and calmer while driving EVs.

Source: Electric vehicles reduce stress for drivers, says new brain monitoring study

 

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