The ten ultimate electric car sounds
EU says electric and hybrid cars must make noise for safety reasons. Here are TG's suggestions
Posted: 04 Apr 2014
New electric and hybrid cars will have to be fitted with ‘sound generating devices' by 2021 to help increase road safety, the European Parliament has said.
Voting on a proposal to decrease overall vehicle noise on combustion engines yesterday (they'll have to be 4dB quieter in two years time), the EU voted to increase the noise made by electric cars to "undoubtedly help avoiding road-accident injuries".
Though Top Gear is concerned about the decrease in combustion-engined car noise (have you heard a Ferrari F12 at full chat? Why would you want to make that quieter?), Top Gear welcomes the move for ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems' - in EU parlance - to be fitted to new electric cars.
Mainly because it affords the opportunity for some aural japes. We've had a deep think (read: gin-infused ramble through TG's DVD library) and come up with ten excellent suggestions for electric car noises. Click through the gallery to count 'em down.
But we reckon you can do even better. What should the electric car of the future sound like? Submit your vote in the comment box below...
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