An EU rule that comes into force this week will require all new electric vehicles to be fitted with a noise emitting device. All new four wheeled electric vehicles will be required to have the noise device fitted, making a noise similar to a traditional car engine. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Vehicles 2020-2030.
The ruling comes after concerns that quiet electric vehicles will be a risk to pedestrians who cannot hear them approaching or reversing, particularly those who are visually impaired. Guide dog users are worried that they will be at risk from the silent vehicles. The vehicle sound must be audible when vehicles are travelling below 19 km/hr or when reversing.
From 2021 all electric vehicles on the road will be required to have a noise emitting device.