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NOx (Nitrogen Oxide)

Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) refers to a group of highly reactive gases, primarily composed of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO). These gases are significant pollutants, often produced from the combustion processes in vehicles, power plants, and industrial operations. In the context of EV (Electric Vehicle) charging, the relevance of NOx lies in its contrast between traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and EVs. While ICE vehicles emit NOx as a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, including NOx, when powered by electricity. The reduction or elimination of NOx emissions is one of the environmental benefits of transitioning to EVs. However, it’s essential to note that the overall reduction in NOx emissions also depends on the source of electricity used for charging. If the electricity is derived from fossil fuels, NOx can still be emitted, albeit indirectly, at the power generation source.

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