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EU Policy Requires EV Engine Noises

New EU Policy Requires EVs to Feature Fake Engine Noises

Ask any car enthusiast: engine noise matters. Incidentally, this aspect of the automaking process doesn’t exist in electric cars. Evidently, battery-powered vehicles don’t make much noise. Consequently, a new EU policy will change this.

READ: Artificial Engine Sounds in Electric Cars

The world’s premium car brands all have patented engine sounds. Ultimately, engine ‘purr’ is considered part of the driving experience.

With the rise of electric cars, no combustible engine means no need to augment that sweet sound.

EU PolicyMore than a Safety Issue

However, this has raised several safety concerns. No matter how annoying the sound of a sports car’s engine can be, that roar lets pedestrians know a vehicle’s location.

Granted, this is particularly important on urban streets, where all 5 senses are needed to navigate.

In the many densely-populated European cities where EVs popularize, this is an issue. As a result, automakers must develop patented engine sounds if they plan to sell in the EU.

Global EV Sales Steadily Climb

EU PolicyConsequently, this will result in an ongoing contest for the coolest engine sound among EVs. As most of the world’s automakers rollout electric fleets, consumers can expect plenty of competition.

Moreover, it’ll be intriguing to see if automakers mimic combustible engine sounds. Alternatively, this EU policy could birth an entirely new breed of engine sound.

After all, most of the luxury EVs on the market feature a futuristic design. Can a similar trend surface among engine sounds? Here’s hoping this policy doesn’t revive the music genre dubstep.

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