Electromagnetic radiation from electric cars does not pose a threat to pacemakers, study finds

According tomedia reports, although this does not happen very often, there are still electromagnetic fields that affect the performance of heart implants such as pacemakers. Fortunately for recipients, however, a new study suggests that electromagnetic radiation from electric vehicles does not pose such a risk. The study, conducted by scientists from the Technical University of Munich and researchers from the German Cardiovascular Research Centre and Wellington Hospital in New Zealand, recruited 108 volunteers.

Electromagnetic radiation from electric cars does not pose a threat to pacemakers, study finds


Eighty-three percent of them were men, and all of them had electronic devices (CIEDs), in other words, they had surgery to install pacemakers and defibrillators in their bodies.

During the test, each person charged and drove two different commercial electric vehicles (Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S P85, BMW i3, Volkswagen eUp) at the same time. It is reported that these cars in terms of motor power, torque, battery capacity and charging system are different.

Driving takes place on a fixed roller bench platform on which resistance is increased to maximize the vehicle’s engine output. This is done to ensure that the electromagnetic radiation generated by these motors is at least as strong as that produced under real driving conditions. Throughout the test, the level of electromagnetic fields in and around the car was monitored, as was the performance of the volunteers’ CIEDs.

Although it was noted that the strongest electromagnetic fields actually occurred when the vehicle’s batteries were charged, no one was found to be high enough to affect the participants’ implants. According to scientists, this may be due to the built-in shielding of electric cars to protect their computer systems from electromagnetic interference.

Dr Matthew O’Connor, of Wellington Hospital, points out that under current technological conditions, the use of electric vehicles appears to be safe. “In our tests, neither adverse events nor electromagnetic interference were detected while driving or charging. “

The study was published in Technology and Health Care.