All new EU EVs to emit low speed noise (SmartCitiesDive)


Under a new European Union requirement that took effect on July 1, all new four-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs) must be outfitted with a device that mimics the sound of an engine, reports the BBC. 

The acoustic vehicle alert system has to turn on when the car reverses or drives below 12 mph, when the car is most likely to be near pedestrians. Some disability advocacy groups have argued the noise should be required at all speeds. The US will institute a similar requirement for new EVs starting in 2020. 

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Written by Long Branch Mike