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Tesla 3 Outsells All Other EVs…Combined

Buying Habits Converge as Tesla 3 Outsells Rest of Industry

It’s no secret the Tesla Model 3 is the bell of the electric vehicle ball. However, few anticipated its ability to overwhelm the competition. Indeed, this is the case as the Tesla 3 outsells all other EV models in the US – combined.

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Overall, the vehicle makes up 63% of all 2019 US electric car sales. Consumers have received over 67,000 plug-in cars throughout this period.

Meanwhile, just over 108,000 electric vehicles in total have been delivered.

Tax Credit Responsible

Tesla 3 OutsellsUltimately, these numbers are encouraging. Most importantly, they represent massive spikes over 2018 sales. Just over 63,000 electric vehicles had been sold at this time last year.

Consequently, ‘Tesla 3 Outsells 2018 US Market’ is an acceptable title for this article.

However, sales spiked in the lead up to July 1st. On this date, Tesla’s tax credit was slashed to $1,850. This follows an initial slash on January 1st.

Tesla Enjoys Market Dominance – While It Can

Tesla 3 outsells

Nevertheless, Tesla’s ability to lap the field will diminish in time. Most of the world’s largest automakers have announced plans to roll out electric fleets. In particular, GM plans to cater to the middle-class.

Granted, Tesla’s status as the ‘Apple’ of the EV market will help. Its brand recognition alone will ensure the American company survives (and potentially thrives) for years to come.

As the Tesla 3 outsells an entire generation of electric vehicles, it’s safe to say Elon Musk & Co. have a healthy headstart.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with lithium holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US and gold holdings in Argentina. (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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Why Gold is Used as Money

Why Gold is Used as Money

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have sought out gold. Indeed, the chemical element is a fixture on the world’s stock exchanges, its value sending shockwaves throughout the global economy. As a result, it’s worth exploring why gold is used as money.

READ: Gold Value Survives the Rise of Bitcoin

Evidently, this question transcends the modern era. Civilizations including the Romans, Egyptians, and Mayans all held the metal in the highest esteem.

It’s fascinating that empires with minimal connections to one another all considered gold in the same vein.

More Durable than Silver

why gold is used as moneyAfter all, value is a human conception. An item is only worth anything because society says so. Moreover, it’s the mutual understanding that a $5 bill is worth anything that drives the global economy.

However, gold has an intrinsic value that goes beyond mortal invention. It has many uses beyond the value we assign to it.

Firstly, gold does not erode. Indeed, it doesn’t dissipate into the atmosphere. Consequently, its integrity has been a major factor in its unquestioned value.

Ultra Lithium Diversifies Into Gold – Finds Deposits in Argentina

why gold is used as moneySecondly, it isn’t flammable. Similarly, it isn’t radioactive. This allows bankers to store it in vaults and consumers to hold it in wallets.

In fact, it’s more likely the vault or wallet will erode before the gold itself does.

Ultra Lithium’s decided to explore the history of gold, as we’ve begun to launch gold exploration and mining operations in Argentina.

We invite you to stay tuned throughout this journey.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with lithium holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US and gold holdings in Argentina. (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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New UK Homes could come with Charging Points

Government Wants New UK Homes to be Charge-Ready

Across Europe, governments introduce legislation supporting electric vehicle adoption. In keeping with this theme, the government wants new UK homes to feature built-in EV charging points.

READ: Europe EV Sales Steadily Climb

Consequently, clean energy advocates are thrilled. Moreover, this will help the UK fulfill an ambitious commitment: eliminating carbon emissions by 2050.

All new UK homes with dedicated parking spots would feature a wall-mounted charger.

Home Charging Taking Off

New UKEvidently, home charging is a viable alternative to fast-charging stations. Granted, they take much longer to charge a battery to 100%. However, consumer behaviour around electric vehicles is changing.

Seasoned plug-in owners treat their vehicles like phones. Ultimately, overnight slow-charging eliminates the need to visit a public charging station.

Nevertheless, governments and businesses put billions into charging infrastructure. A recent Google Maps update includes charging station locations.

Europe Shifts Green

New UKAdditionally, it states whether or not stations are occupied.

This behavioural shift is an important electric vehicle adoption factor. After all, consumers are programmed to leave home to fuel their vehicle.

However, this is already changing across Europe. In Norway, electric vehicles outsell gas-powered models. Furthermore, the country’s expansive charging infrastructure isn’t strained, as drivers charge while they sleep.

Similarly, the European Union’s 20-20-20 goal envisions an entire continent with EV adoption rates as successful as Norway’s.

Introducing charging points in new UK homes will help realize this dream – with or without Brexit.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with lithium holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US and gold holdings in Argentina. (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Kyocera Li-Ion Battery to Increase Capacity, Density

2020 Kyocera Li-Ion Battery A Safer, More Efficient Power Source

A next-generation battery will drastically improve clean energy adoption. After all, most of the world’s emission-free technologies rely on batteries for power. A new Kyocera Li-Ion design promises to improve on current models.

READ: New Lithium Battery: 300km in 10 Minutes

Kyocera Li-IonConsequently, this will help the electric vehicle industry gain footing. Indeed, range anxiety is one of the primary factors hurting adoption. Similarly, so are prohibitively expensive vehicle prices.

Kyocera has stated its new battery sets a new standard for price and durability.

3-4X Energy Density Over Current Options

Ultimately, the new design will reduce cost by around 40%. Meanwhile, the 2020 Kyocera Li-Ion battery can be manufactured in 1/3rd the time of current models.

To achieve this, the Japanese corporation made a new composition of slurry. Slurry is a metal foil electrode that is fundamental in a lithium-ion battery’s operation.

Moreover, this patent also eliminates the need for a binder and solvent. This is important because these components require the manufacturing process to end with a lengthy drying stage.

Billions Poured into Li-Ion R&D

Projects like this have become common. Evidently, both governments and corporations have put serious backing behind Li-Ion projects. In particular, automakers have a vested interest in producing safer, more reliable patents.

Recently, Toyota partnered with Panasonic to bring a new line of lithium-ion batteries to market. Ultimately, they’ll be exclusively used in Toyota’s upcoming electric vehicle fleet.

The transportation industry is largely responsible for climate change. Consequently, there is a significant financial stake in manufacturing sustainable alternatives to outdated concepts.

Among them is the combustible engine.

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Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with lithium holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US and gold holdings in Argentina. (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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Gold in Computers of Utmost Importance

Gold In Computers An Important Piece of the Global Tech Puzzle

What role does gold play in our daily lives? Evidently, this is a question few know the answer to. Consequently, many would be surprised to learn that modern communication technologies wouldn’t function without gold in computers.

READ: Gold Value Survives the Rise of Bitcoin

Evidently, various computer components rely heavily on the chemical element. In fact, the world’s largest tech companies wouldn’t be able to operate without trace amounts of gold.

Granted, finding evidence of gold in computers is easy. Simply pry open any old computers you may have…and behold.

Motherboards, Processors, and More

gold in computersSpecifically, which components require gold? Firstly, central computer processors have hundreds of gold-plated pins around the edges.

However, motherboards contain the lion’s share. Here, wires rely on gold to connect with ports. As a result, connecting different computer components wouldn’t be possible without the chemical element.

Lastly, memory chips use gold to increase computer RAM. Like central processors, these tiny circuit boards contain a large number of gold-plated pins. However, they’ve also been known to feature gold on their surfaces.

Ultra Lithium Diversifies into Gold

gold in computersAlthough ultralithium.com is a clean energy channel, ULI has recently diversified. Ultimately, the company has acquired several gold exploration licenses throughout Argentina.

As a result, we’re committed to educating the public about how gold is used in the modern economy. Granted, lithium mining and clean energy technologies will remain our primary focus.

Please refer to our latest news releases on corporate developments involving both gold and lithium exploration projects in South America.

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Ultra Lithium Mineralogy Research Study Indicates 79.38% Gold from Assayed Mineral in Rock Samples

Ultra Lithium Inc. announced that the Company has received the Mineralogy Research Study Report from the Material Composition Department of Kunming Metallurgical Research Institute (KMI) China. The study results show that the average gold content in the samples is 35.916 g/t, with 79.38% gold occurring in the form of an independent mineral, which can be recovered through gravity separation.

Read: Ultra Lithium Acquires 16 New Gold Mining Licenses 

Gold valueUltra Lithium moves forward with gold projects
“The research work carried out by KMI is a significant milestone for our Argentinian gold projects. This study provides a basis for designing a pilot scale gold processing plant to determine the viability of processing mining dump material on each historical mine site,” according to Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of UltraLithium. “Presence of over 79% free goldin rock samples is an important finding of thestudy.This will enable the Company to achieve a high recovery rate at low costs, as well as saving future capital expenditures forthe processing and metallurgical test work.”

Research Highlights:

  1. The mineralization is composed of 9 categories of 26 types of minerals, including natural elements, sulfide, oxide, silicate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, vanadate and halide, among which oxide accounts for 78.86%, carbonate accounts for 7.64%, silicate accounts for 7.46%, sulfate accounts for 3.48% and other smaller ones.
  2. By crushing the mineralized rock to -0.3mm (screening rate > 99%), the cumulative distributions of embedded particles sized above 400 mesh (0.038mm) are:  Quartz: 99.86%; Muscovite: 98.86%; Chrysocolla: 98.86%; Limonite/hematite: 99.21; Malachite: 99.80%; and Atacamite: 99.52%
  3. The mineralized rock crushing to 0.3 mm (sieving rate > 99%), dissociation detections of fully dissociated minerals are:; Quartz: 99.86%; Muscovite: 51.39%;  Chrysocolla: 39.67%; Limonite/hematite: 44.11%; Malachite: 55.85%; and Atacamite: 21.09%
  4. Average gold content in samples is 35.916 g/t. Main minerals bearing gold are natural gold, quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and atacamite. There are two types of gold occurrence: one in an independent form occurring in natural gold accounted for 79.38%, and the other form of mechanical mixing in quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and atacamite (unable to be identified by optical microscope or scanning electron microscope).
  5. Average copper content is 2.45%. Copper mainly occurs in malachite, atacamite and chrysocolla, and a small amount occurs in covellite, calcite and brochanite.
  6. Average lead content is 5.87%. Lead mainly occurs in cerusite and sardianite, and a small amount of lead occurs in chervetite.
  7. The gold distribution in rock is relatively concentrated, with the distribution of natural gold in the main gold-bearing minerals reaching 79.38%. It is suggested that this part of the gold minerals can be largely recovered through gravity separation.
  8. The host rock is mainly composed of massive structures. Some metal minerals, such as limonite and hematite, are sparsely disseminated in the rock, forming a sparse disseminated structure of mineralization. The main structure of metallic minerals is its granular structure, and the main structure of gangue minerals is unequal granular crystallablasstic texture.
  9. By microscopic observation, X-ray diffraction analysis, hand panning, electron microprobe analysis and MLA analysis, the results show the natural elements in the rock are as follows: sulfide, oxide, silicate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, vanadate and halide in nine categories of 26 kinds of minerals, including oxide (78.86%), carbonate (7.64%), silicate (7.46%), sulfate (3.48%) and other small amounts.
  10. Analyses of microprobe and single mineral chemistry confirmed that quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and cerusite are the main carrier minerals of gold. Mixed rock with -2mm particle size was taken, shrunk and broken to size of -0.3mm, and prepared into MLA resin sample for analysis.

Grab Sample Testing
A total of three grab rock samples were collected from dump material located near the historical mining areas of the newly acquired gold mining licences. These samples were taken for property acquisition due diligence purposes and were tested in two independent laboratories: SGS Laboratories in Burnaby, Canada, and Kunming Metallurgical Research Institute (KMI), China (see Company’s news release dated July 09, 2019). Ultra Lithium also requested KMI was to complete a mineralogy research study.

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium and gold assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Ultra Lithium recently diversified its portfolio by adding a total of 3 gold exploration and 13 gold mining licenses in Argentina, which it has commenced developing.

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Ultra Lithium Mineralogy Research Study Indicates 79.38% Gold as an Independent Mineral in Rock Samples Assayed from ULI’s Argentinian Gold Properties

Vancouver, BC – Ultra Lithium Inc. (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB) announces that the Company has received the Mineralogy Research Study Report from the Material Composition Department of Kunming Metallurgical Research Institute (KMI) China. The study results show that the average gold content in the samples is 35.916 g/t, with 79.38% gold occurring in the form of an independent mineral, which can be recovered through gravity separation.

Ultra Lithium moves forward with gold projects
“The research work carried out by KMI is a significant milestone for our Argentinian gold projects. This study provides a basis for designing a pilot scale gold processing plant to determine the viability of processing mining dump material on each historical mine site,” according to Dr. Weiguo Lang, CEO of UltraLithium. “Presence of over 79% free goldin rock samples is an important finding of thestudy.This will enable the Company to achieve a high recovery rate at low costs, as well as saving future capital expenditures forthe processing and metallurgical test work.”

Research Highlights:

1)      The mineralization is composed of 9 categories of 26 types of minerals, including natural elements, sulfide, oxide, silicate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, vanadate and halide, among which oxide accounts for 78.86%, carbonate accounts for 7.64%, silicate accounts for 7.46%, sulfate accounts for 3.48% and other smaller ones.

2)      By crushing the mineralized rock to -0.3mm (screening rate > 99%), the cumulative distributions of embedded particles sized above 400 mesh (0.038mm) are:

  • i.     Quartz: 99.86%
  • ii.     Muscovite: 98.86%
  • iii.     Chrysocolla: 98.86%
  • iv.     Limonite/hematite: 99.21%
  • v.     Malachite: 99.80%
  • vi.     Atacamite: 99.52%

3)      The mineralized rock crushing to 0.3 mm (sieving rate > 99%), dissociation detections of fully dissociated minerals are:

  • i.     Quartz: 99.86%
  • ii.     Muscovite: 51.39%
  • iii.     Chrysocolla: 39.67%
  • iv.     Limonite/hematite: 44.11%
  • v.     Malachite: 55.85%
  • vi.     Atacamite: 21.09%

4)      Average gold content in samples is 35.916 g/t. Main minerals bearing gold are natural gold, quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and atacamite. There are two types of gold occurrence: one in an independent form occurring in natural gold accounted for 79.38%, and the other form of mechanical mixing in quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and atacamite (unable to be identified by optical microscope or scanning electron microscope).

5)      Average copper content is 2.45%. Copper mainly occurs in malachite, atacamite and chrysocolla, and a small amount occurs in covellite, calcite and brochanite.

6)      Average lead content is 5.87%. Lead mainly occurs in cerusite and sardianite, and a small amount of lead occurs in chervetite.

7)      The gold distribution in rock is relatively concentrated, with the distribution of natural gold in the main gold-bearing minerals reaching 79.38%. It is suggested that this part of the gold minerals can be largely recovered through gravity separation.

8)      The host rock is mainly composed of massive structures. Some metal minerals, such as limonite and hematite, are sparsely disseminated in the rock, forming a sparse disseminated structure of mineralization. The main structure of metallic minerals is its granular structure, and the main structure of gangue minerals is unequal granular crystallablasstic texture.

9)      By microscopic observation, X-ray diffraction analysis, hand panning, electron microprobe analysis and MLA analysis, the results show the natural elements in the rock are as follows: sulfide, oxide, silicate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, vanadate and halide in nine categories of 26 kinds of minerals, including oxide (78.86%), carbonate (7.64%), silicate (7.46%), sulfate (3.48%) and other small amounts.

10)    Analyses of microprobe and single mineral chemistry confirmed that quartz, muscovite, chrysocolla, limonite, hematite, malachite and cerusite are the main carrier minerals of gold. Mixed rock with -2mm particle size was taken, shrunk and broken to size of -0.3mm, and prepared into MLA resin sample for analysis. The results are as follows:

  • Quartz – mainly 6.8 to 300 microns (cumulatively reached 98.06%);
  • Muscovite – mainly 3.4 to 212 microns (cumulatively reached 98.86%);
  • Chysocolla – mainly 3.4 to 212 microns (cumulatively reached 98.86%);
  • Limonite/hematite – mainly 4.8 to 300 micron (cumulatively reached 99.21%);
  • Malachite – mainly 6.8 to 150 microns (cumulatively reached 98.00%);
  • Atacamite – mainly 4.8 to 106 micron (cumulatively reached 98.17%).

Figure 1: Photo showing natural gold morphology phase.

Grab Sample Testing
A total of three grab rock samples were collected from dump material located near the historical mining areas of the newly acquired gold mining licences. These samples were taken for property acquisition due diligence purposes and were tested in two independent laboratories: SGS Laboratories in Burnaby, Canada, and Kunming Metallurgical Research Institute (KMI), China (see Company’s news release dated July 09, 2019). Ultra Lithium also requested KMI was to complete a mineralogy research study.

Qualified Person
The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Afzaal Pirzada, P.Geo., a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101 who works as Vice President Exploration of the Company.

About Ultra Lithium Inc.
Ultra Lithium is an exploration and development company with a focus on the acquisition and development of lithium and gold assets. The Company currently holds five brine lithium properties in Argentina, and one hard rock spodumene type lithium property at the Georgia Lake area in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Ultra Lithium recently diversified its portfolio by adding a total of 3 gold exploration and 13 gold mining licenses in Argentina, which it has commenced developing.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Kiki Smith, CFO

For further information, please contact:
Kiki Smith, CFO
T: +1-778-968-1176
F: +1-604-909-4682
E: kiki@ultralithium.com
W: www.ultralithium.com
Or view the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com

Cautionary Statement Regarding “Forward-Looking” Information
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “is expected”, “potential”, “suggests” or variations of such words or phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control. Actual results and developments are likely to differ and may differ materially, from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulations Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

BMW Management

BMW Management Focuses on EVs

BMW Management Fixated on Clean Energy Transportation

Despite being an early adopter of electric vehicles, BMW has fallen behind the clean energy 8-ball. Consequently, CEO Harald Krueger has elected to step down at the end of his 4-year term. BMW management is yet to name a replacement.

READ: Toyota Electric Car Line Due Earlier than Expected

Although BMW beat most competitors to market, the company hasn’t seen EV success beyond the i3. Evidently, analysts suggest Krueger was too conservative in his approach to emission-free vehicles.

As a result, BMW finds without footing in a cluttering electric car market.

BMW Management

Automakers Fixate on Electric Vehicle Fleets

Such intense competition has the potential to dethrone Tesla as the market champion.

Most of the world’s largest automakers have announced EV fleets. However, many are going about it in different ways.

Ford targets the middle-class, promising to offer a full range of affordable models. Meanwhile, most automakers focus on the luxury market.

Emission Regulations Tighten in Europe

BMW ManagementUltimately, every brand from Harley-Davidson to Honda will soon boast clean energy offerings. Furthermore, new players like Dyson have also put their innovative hats in the ring.

Nevertheless, factors beyond competition forced out the incumbent BMW CEO. Evidently, emissions standards in the EU continue to tighten.

More than ever, the European continent vies for carbon neutrality. This has led to the creation of the world’s first carbon neutral EV factory by Audi.

For BMW to thrive in the lithium-ion age, Krueger’s successor must shift focus away from combustible engines.

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Electric Road Trip to Span Continent

Arizona Native Embarks on Electric Road Trip of North America

A Tesla 3 owner plans to drive his luxury car 25,000 km. Evidently, the trip is meant to test North America’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Moreover, the electric road trip will push the limits of Tesla’s supercharger grid.

READ: EV Record: Man Travels 33 Countries

Ultimately, the trip will take 2 months. Arizona native Wade Anderson considers it the opportunity of a lifetime.

The mission will take him as far south as Key West, Florida. Meanwhile, the closest he’ll get to the North Pole is Deadhorse, Alaska.

Testing the Limits of Charging Infrastructure, Lithium-Ion Batteries

Electric road tripGranted, the electric road trip faces several risks. Primarily, the question of whether Wade can keep his Tesla 3’s battery charged.

Evidently, 300 miles on a single charge is impressive for a modern electric vehicle. Meanwhile, that battery range is cause for anxiety on a continental trek.

According to Wade, the furthest charger north is in Whitehorse, Yukon. “But after that, I don’t know yet.”

 

Spreading Emission-Free Awareness

electric road tripA similar electric road trip was attempted by Dutchman Wiebe Wakker. Backed by the Plug Me In Project, the ultimate goal was raising awareness about electric vehicles.

Similarly, Wade Anderson’s adventure will do the same. After all, many consumers are scared away from electric cars because of range anxiety. The fear of running out of juice with no charging station in sight worries potential owners.

Consequently, pioneers like Anderson play an important role in global EV adoption.

If he can navigate the entire continent in a Tesla, the prospect of an emission-free summer road trip doesn’t seem so farfetched.

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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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