EVs must be noisier – new EU law


A new EU law has come into effect, forcing electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid-electric drivers to install a noise-emitting device.

The law follows concerns that current EV noise emissions are too low, and pose a risk to pedestrian and other light traffic.

Not to say that one’s car needs to sound like a V8, or something else a little too-loud for your liking, although audio company Harmon Kardon can do that for you – (see the video below). UK law now requires that a system be installed to emit a “car-like” sound, similar to a conventionally-powered car when travelling below 20 kilometers per hour.

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Roads Minister Michael Ellis said: “The government wants the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone and understands the concerns of the visually impaired about the possible hazards posed by quiet electric vehicles.

“This requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”