Study Proves EVs And Pacemakers Play Together Just Fine

DEC 19 2017 BY STAFF 5

Tesla Model S

Those with defibrillators and pacemakers are safe to drive EVs

There never really was cause for concern though.


If you’ve got an implanted defibrillator or a pacemaker, but fear that investing in an electric car could cause problems with it, then fear not. A new study conducted by two doctors from the Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio – Thein Tun Aung and Abdul Wase – has revealed that electric vehicles have no adverse effects on heart patients.

The study demonstrated “the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is the first step in establishing that these vehicles are safe for patients with cardiac devices,” said Dr Apoor Patel, who peer-reviewed the findings of the pair.

The study used a group of 26 men and eight women, averaging 69 years of age between them and all implanted with a cardiac defibrillator, tested in a variety of positions around a Tesla Model S P90D as it was charged at a 220V charging station. The participants’ defibrillators were monitored during the test for electromagnetic interference. The defibrillators were set to their most sensitive setting, and none sensed an electromagnetic signal, a charge, or any other interference from the car or charging station.

While the study, which was carried out using a Tesla, will need to be replicated with a wider range of electric vehicles, it was noted by the scientists that the Tesla generated a lot more electrical activity when charging compared to similar cars.

The study shows that electric vehicles are safe for people with heart conditions, but we suggest thinking twice about getting in Tesla’s latest creation – the second-generation Roadster.  With a claimed 0-60 mph time of less than two seconds, it’s got racy performance figures that would surely turn the healthiest of drivers white with fright.

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5 Comments on "Study Proves EVs And Pacemakers Play Together Just Fine"

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I can confirm this from personal experience also. I’ve had an implanted defibrillator since 2010 and we’ve owned a Leaf, a Spark and a Bolt during that time. No problems or alerts with any of them. We’ve used DCFC many times also. As long as you don’t get super close to the DCFC you should be fine. Never had any warnings on my device from that.

In fact, the only time I got an EM interference warning during a check was after I mistakenly wore a bike commuting jacket that had magnetically attached removable sleeves. Magnets were simply too close to the ICD. I had to give up the jacket and get another. Kind of a bummer but that’s life.

How exactly does a study that tests one aspect of EVs, and only on L2 charging mean that it’s actually safe to drive in one?

My Mom actually just had one put in and I won’t let her in my Volt anymore because of it just incase. There is a heck of a lot more power going through the car when you’re driving it than when it’s being charged up at 3.3kW! How about they put 4 people with pacemakers in one and take them to the track and turn on launch mode and see what happens. That personally to me would be a better indication of whether it’s safe to drive in an EV with a pacemaker than to stand outside the car while it’s charging on L2…

Here’s to hoping no one actually paid for this “study”.

Years ago while “driving” in my Gen 1 Volt, a client had his deep brain stimulator stop working. Oddly, he had the same thing happen in his Gen 1 hybrid Highlander.

Point well taken… One big expert and a single simple test do not an ‘exhaustive study’ make.

Just because some kids can tolerate WIFI radiation does NOT mean all kids can. Some kids CANNOT tolerate the WIFI (which is basically a low level microwave), especially in a classroom situation where you have dozens of sources plus a ceiling-mounted high-power repeater), until the computers are hard wired and the radiation shut off.

Or the analogous fact that a BANK of Smart meters at an apartment building will kill the bushes in from of them, and make people who have their bed headboards against the adjoining wall complain of headaches.

Of course, if you have 40 Smart meters all in the same place, you have much MORE than 40 times the amount of a single meter, since all the simultaneous collisions causes garbled transmissions and the data must be repeated and repeated and repeated until finally it goes through. Not to mention that the other 39 meters will also try to ‘repeat’ the message – a Cacophony of Microwaves.

34 people is not a very good sample size…