Electric cars now have to make strange noises by law

Bubbles, bleeps and Linkin Park

peugeot-avas-symbolbild-1New legislation in the EU now requires that all hybrid and electric vehicles sold in the Union must be fitted with an acoustic vehicle alert system, which makes sound so pedestrians and cyclists aren’t caught unawares.

The rules do not cover motor bikes or scooters. A vehicle only needs to make a noise if it is traveling under 19 kilometres per hour or when reversing.

There are no specifications on what the sound should be,

Citroen’s stubby, cube like concept the Ami-One plays a cheery tune, whereas Mercedes-Benz have commissioned the American Rock band Linkin Park to give its EVs a dose of rock.

Perhaps anything other than Greensleeves.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto