Most people may associate Mercedes with high end sedans, but the company is a major player in the market for heavy duty vehicles like trucks and buses. Electric cars may be taking a longer time than expected to gain market acceptance, but Mercedes and other manufacturers are wasting no time getting electric bus and truck models to market.
The gloss on this story is that electric vehicles are far more environmentally friendly than their diesel powered cousins. Not only do diesel engines emit large quantities of carbon dioxide, they also spew millions of tons of nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. Sulfur dioxide reacts with sunlight to create fine particulates — tiny specks so small they can be absorbed directly into the blood stream through the walls of the lungs. They are accused of being responsible for many health issues, especially respiratory, circulatory, and kidney disease.