Should electric cars be made to go "vroom"?

This takes us back to one of our earliest posts on electric vehicles.  In that post we were looking at the design of a new electric scooter.  It occurred to us in testing the scooter that one of the potential problems with similar electric vehicles was the lack of noise and therefore an increased risk to pedestrians and other road users who wouldn't hear us coming.

We found some information then suggesting that EU directives banned manufacturers from artificially introducing noise.

However, this recent post on the BBC website suggests that with increasing numbers of electric vehicles starting to hit the streets this is now a recognised problem and people are researching the right kind of solution.

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DESIGN AND THE HUMAN FACTOR: Should electric cars be made to go "vroom"?

Friday, 20 May 2011

Should electric cars be made to go "vroom"?

This takes us back to one of our earliest posts on electric vehicles.  In that post we were looking at the design of a new electric scooter.  It occurred to us in testing the scooter that one of the potential problems with similar electric vehicles was the lack of noise and therefore an increased risk to pedestrians and other road users who wouldn't hear us coming.

We found some information then suggesting that EU directives banned manufacturers from artificially introducing noise.

However, this recent post on the BBC website suggests that with increasing numbers of electric vehicles starting to hit the streets this is now a recognised problem and people are researching the right kind of solution.

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