Top 3 Reasons No to Worry about EMF in Tesla

Tesla EMF Rating
Tesla EMF Rating

Electric and magnetic fields or electromagnetic field (EMF) is a form of radiation from electric power from common devices and from natural and artificial lighting. Since Tesla is an electric car, it logically must emit EMF. Moreover, since Tesla carries a large battery and electric motor that can generate high voltages, Tesla battery must emit high levels of EMF. The general worry might be that Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X cars must have high levels of EMF danger. Also, are there dangerously high levels of EMF emitted while Tesla is charging? Is EMF radiation a problem in EVs? If yes, do we need EMF protection in Tesla? All these are great questions and in this blog, I am going to try to demystify some of the concepts and hopefully reduce EMF danger worries and concerns with Tesla cars.

Are we seating in the microwave oven when driving Tesla ?

This is a joke but an interesting aspect of electric cars and might be interesting for current and future owners.

Note, the following photo below. This was taken standing next to our household microwave oven used regularly by almost everyone in my family.

Next to Microwave EMF Level
Next to Microwave EMF Level

Note, the 16.9 microtesla reading in the device.

This is way over the 0.40 microtesla which is considered to be a safe level.

Question: Is it dangerous to stand next to a microwave?

Answer: What do you think by seeing the high level of EMF radiation in the photo above? I would say yes it is dangerous and yes microwaves leak radiation. The longer you stand next to your microwave, the more radiation you get!

How does this translate or compare to electric cars such as Tesla? I have tested electromagnetic field radiation levels in Tesla and even in a non-electric cars and would like to share my reasons why not to worry about EMF radiation in Tesla.

Try testing EMF radiation with the following devices:

Is EMF radiation your only concern about Tesla? You can find more information on common Tesla problems in my Tesla Problems Review page.

No Conclusive Scientific Evidence of EMF Radiation Harming Health

The radiation from common electric devices is considered to be non ionizing and low to mid level frequency radiation. The EMF radiation is measured in both microtesla and milligauss. The safe levels for this radiation is considered to be no more than 0.40 microtesla of daily exposure. Currently, from several different sources that I was able to find, there are no direct and conclusive links between EMF radiation and health problems. Here is one of the references to read:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet

It seems that there are people who are more sensitive to low frequency EMF radiation than others.

Gasoline Cars also Emit EMF Radiation

To my surprise non-electric gasoline cars show high levels of EMF radiation. In one of the ICE cars, I have measured a continuous over 0.80 microtesla radiation levels int the front and rear floors. This might be due to wiring and this high level was continuous for the duration of the drive.

Also, there are surprisingly high levels of EMF in the rear seats. This is hard to explain since there is no battery and should not be much wiring in the seats.

Lastly, glove box was also emitting high over 0.40 microtesla.

If you worried about being exposed to EMF radiation in EV, I would take a closer look at EMF levels in one of your gasoline cars and reevaluate your worries.

Tesla EMF Radiation Levels are within Safe Levels

I measured EMF radiation levels in Tesla both while stationary and driving. The radiation levels in front and rear sections inside of Tesla cabin are documented below. The measurements were taken during several days to make sure that we are getting more stable numbers.

When driving under high voltage power lines and train stations which also have power lines, the EMF levels are always higher and confuse the in-car measurements.

Tesla Driver Seat Floor EMF Radiation Level

One would think the EMF radiation on the floor would be the highest due to this is where the big battery is located along with the wiring. However, I found that readings vary from low 0.37 to high over 0.80 microtesla.

Tesla Driver Seat Floor Driving EMF reading
Tesla Driver Seat Floor Driving EMF reading

Interestingly, the radiation levels vary depending if car is accelerating or decelerating. When car is static, there is no radiation emitted at all. Tesla must be shutting down everything to save energy. This does not however happen in ICE cars. The wires seem to be constantly burning with electricity in gasoline cars.

Tesla Front Passenger Seat EMF Radiation Level

This reading was taken while driving and as you can see there is 0 microtesla EMF radiation or very little. When stationary, the reading is always 0.

Tesla Front Passenger Seat EMF radiation level
Tesla Front Passenger Seat EMF radiation level

Tesla Rear Passenger Seat EMF Radiation Level

The reading in the rear passenger seats was lightly above the 0.40 microtesla at some time while driving but overall it stayed within normal or under 0.40 microtesla. Being rear wheel drive with big electric motor in the back, I would think rear seats would be screaming EMF. However, this was not the case. When accelerating or decelerating to regen, there is a slightly above or at 0.40 microtesla reading. Again, when stationary, it is always 0.

Tesla Rear Passenger Seat EMF Radiation reading
Tesla Rear Passenger Seat EMF Radiation reading

Tesla Rear Floor EMF Radiation Level

Rear floor is where we are getting closer to both large battery, wiring, and the large rear electric motor. The radiation levels in this location are higher than 0.40 microtesla but not screamingly high between 0.50 to 0.80 microtesla.

Tesla Rear Floor EMF Radiation Level
Tesla Rear Floor EMF High Radiation Level

Some more readings at different speed settings:

Tesla Rear Floor EMF Radiation High Reading
Tesla Rear Floor EMF Radiation High Reading

When stationary, all is reading 0 microtesla. Tesla is really shutting down things.

Tesla Front Arm Rest EMF Radiation Levels

This is where Tesla seem to be storing the high powered microwave. This is a joke! The highest EMF radiation is located in the arm rest. This area emits above 0.40 more close to 0.80 microtesla. Arm rest must contain speakers, microphones, transmitters, or some other fairly high powered electrical devices.

Tesla Front Arm Rest EMF high radiation levels
Tesla Front Arm Rest EMF high radiation levels

Tesla Front Glove Box EMF Radiation Levels

Tesla glove box is another high voltage area. This must be packing few devices and transmitters. The levels are also above 0.40 microtesla.

Tesla Front Glove Box EMF Radiation Level
Tesla Front Glove Box EMF Radiation Level

Tesla Driver Instrument Panel EMF Radiation Level

Tesla driver instrument digital display registers a slightly elevated EMF readings since this is a digital display. But no big deal here. None sits so close to their instrument displays.

Tesla Driver Instrument Panel EMF Radiation Level
Tesla Driver Instrument Panel EMF Radiation Level

Tesla Touch Screen EMF Radiation Levels

Surprisingly, EMF radiation from the Tesla touch screen is not high at all. Nothing to worry about here. I tried to measure using different angles and sometimes I did get readings higher than 0.40 microtesla but again no one sits close to their touchscreen display.

Tesla Touch Screen EMF Radiation Level
Tesla Touch Screen EMF Radiation Level

Tesla Infant Car Seat EMF Levels

There were questions in the comments section if the EMF levels in Tesla are dangerous for infants riding in the car seats. I was able to take these measurements by placing my sensor in the car seat. The car seat was placed in the rear left seat on the driver side. I am not sure if readings would be different in the rear right seat.

Tesla Infant Car Seat EMF Level
Tesla Infant Car Seat EMF Level

While driving at steady speed, not accelerating, the EMF levels were quite low staying between 0.05 to 0.35 microtesla.

Tesla Infant Car Seat Elevated EMF Level
Tesla Infant Car Seat Elevated EMF Level

The EMF levels started to increase beyond 0.40 mark when I was accelerating fast.

Tesla Infant Car Seat Hight EMF Level
Tesla Infant Car Seat Hight EMF Level

Is there EMF danger in Tesla?

If you look at my measured EMF radiation levels, there is really no big problem with radiation in Tesla even though this is a fully electric vehicle which carries a high voltage battery, wiring and of course powerful electric motor. The driver and passenger seats is where we sit while driving and as you can see these locations do not emit EMF radiation or emit very little. The seats insulate us very well from radiation on the floor. But, even on the floor, the radiation is not as high.

If you really worried about EMF radiation, try to measure the levels close to your microwave. Microwaves are notoriously high emitters of EMF radiation. By standing 2 feet away from my microwave, I was measuring well above 1.0 microtesla.

Radiation apart, we spend most of our time inside of Tesla and interior air quality is important. I would advise to visit my Best Tesla Air Fresheners blog for suggestions on few healthy air fresheners.

Finally, the latest Top Tesla Accessories has suggestions on few cool accessories for your Tesla!

Readers, leave your comments below if you are concerned about EMF radiation?


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Top 3 Reasons No to Worry about EMF in Tesla
Top 3 Reasons No to Worry about EMF in Tesla
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5 Comments on "Top 3 Reasons No to Worry about EMF in Tesla"


  1. Would you include your EMF readings while sitting in the Tesla during Supercharging, at low, medium, and high mileage/battery volumes? Thanks!

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  2. your statement about no prove of EMF being harmful, is simply not true. There are many studies which prove a direct relationship between EMF and biological/cels&neuron-function changes.
    http://information.irq.org/List_of_Studies.html

    and levels so far above normal(~0.02uT), do have direct influence on our body which functions with tiny voltages in the brain and the rest of the body sensory nerves and muscle control.

    You can try it yourself , by putting your head(brain) next to a device which creates a what you describe as “harmless” field.
    You can do it for instance, by putting a “USB Touchpad Trackpad”, or for the real deal “Wireless phone charger pad”, under your pillow, for a night. And see how you feel in the morning.

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  3. Your selective reporting of levels above 0.40 are cleverly hidden in your discussion on electromagnetic radiation levels. You have off handedly report MANY readings that exceed the 0.40 threshold.
    And why does no one talk about car seats with infants strapped into these cars. You and l will “ probably “ never get cancer from driving an electric car but infants are the real ones at risk, do yourself a public service and put that medical fact on the table.
    The cumulative effects from ALL sources are the real problem.

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    1. Bill, actually, you gave me a great idea for the test. I have two infant car seats. I can measure emf levels in the car seats and report the results. I doubt the levels will be high but lets see.

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