Electric car owners to 'choose' engine sounds
A US road safety body has said that owners of electric cars should be able to choose their noise their vehicle makes to alert pedestrians.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says car manufacturers may give several sound choices to owners of the "quiet cars."
These electric vehicles must generate noise when travelling at less than 19 miles per hour.
It makes sense as electric vehicles are often so quiet at low speeds.
It used to be deemed that the noise from the tyres and the resistance of the wind were loud enough to alert pedestrians but this is now no longer the case.
The car manufacturers of electric vehicles were originally given until 1st September 2019 to ensure their vehicles were in compliance with the regulations but this deadline is now extended to 2020.
Mercedes have worked with rock band Linkin Park to make sounds for their cars, Porsche offers a £400 upgrade to its Taycan model of the car that enhances the volume of the electric motor to make it sound just like a petrol engine.