Understanding the Health Impacts of Vehicular Emissions in South Florida: A Comprehensive Analysis


South Florida is famous for its diverse cultural scene and year-round sunshine. This success, however, has not been without its consequences. While the region enjoys economic prosperity, the hidden cost of deteriorating air quality and adverse health effects from vehicle emissions necessitates urgent attention. Electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a potential solution, promising reduced emissions, and increased energy efficiency. However, the intricate life cycle emissions associated with EV energy production raise questions about their net benefits. Using predictive modeling and historical data, the study forecasts emissions trajectories and assesses their health implications. Results indicate a substantial reduction in pollutants like PM2.5 and NOx by 2050, particularly in counties with higher vehicle miles traveled (VMT). However, challenges remain, such as Broward County’s heightened dependence on polluting electricity sources for EV charging, leading to increased SO2 emissions and public health costs. The analysis underscores the importance of transitioning to cleaner energy sources, highlighting the potential benefits of renewable resources in reducing emissions and improving public health outcomes. By incorporating comprehensive data and predictive models, this study provides valuable insights for policymakers and communities, advocating for a concerted effort towards sustainable transportation solutions. Ultimately, the findings emphasize the necessity of proactive measures to mitigate the adverse effects of vehicle emissions and foster a healthier, more sustainable future for South Florida.

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Systems of Systems
Publication Authors:
  • Janelle Ducheine
  • Noah Horesh
  • Jason Quinn
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Peer-reviewed technical journal
electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging, vehicle emissions, South Florida, air quality, public health, emission modeling, grid emissions