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Electric vehicles too quiet?

A new EU regulation establishes minimum noise levels for electric vehicles

In the EU, the sound level of motor vehicles is regulated by the Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the 16th of April 2014. Now after 5 years the act was amended by the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/839 of the 7th of March 2019 which requires all newly approved electric vehicles in the EU to emit an audible warning signal for pedestrians. Cars will have to be equipped with the “Acoustic Vehicle Alert System” (AVAS), making a noise of at least 56 decibels at a speed of 20 km/h or lower. This way, inattentive or poor-sighted pedestrians will have more chance to hear an approaching car and react. The Regulation applies to electric and hybrid vehicles type approved after the 1st of June 2019.

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