From July 1, all new models of electric cars marketed in European Union countries will have to make an artificial noise when they are circulating to less than 19 km / h or in reverse. The measure will become valid for all electric vehicles. Not just the new ones, as of July 2021.
This new regulation requires that cars install a AVAS (Acoustic Vehicle Warning System). It reproduces a sound when the above conditions are recognized. In the tweet below, published by the BBC, you can hear some examples of sounds that will be used. Automakers have the autonomy to create these effects. As long as they are not louder than the noise of a traditional engine.
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New regulations will require all new electric vehicles to feature warning noise to alert pedestrians and cyclists.
listen to the warning noise below ?? pic.twitter.com/EO6JPK0QUg
– BBC Radio 5 Live (@ bbc5live) June 30, 2019
Among those who have passed the bill is the Association of Guide Dogs for the Blind. It’s a non-profit organization that helps visually impaired people in the UK by providing guide dogs. According to the institution, the lack of noise from electric cars can put at risk the lives of pedestrians who use sound when crossing the street.
Even so, the association believes that the ideal would be to force the vehicles to produce these noises in any circumstance. And not only when it is below a certain speed.
The countries of the European Union are not the only ones interested in regulating the sound of electric vehicles. In the United States, the government will also require these cars to produce artificial sounds from September 2020.