Vehicles in the United Kingdom must now have systems in place that produce a sound when they are reversing or driving below 20 kilometres per hour (km/h, or around 12mph). This means that Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems (AVAS) will need to be installed in new models of hybrid and electric cars registered after 1 September 2019 - and all new hybrid and electric vehicles registered after September 2021.
The regulation is created to address concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet, putting pedestrians at risk because they can not be heard as they approach.
One of the first things we did in an electric vehicle was narrowly miss driving into a pedestrian who stepped out into the road.
A specific minimum of 56 decibels has even been set for electric vehicle manufacturers.
Electric cars in Europe are going to get a little more noisy, with new regulations coming into force that demand they emit a pedestrian-warning sound when at low speeds.
The law is primarily created to "allow those who are visually impaired to hear vehicles more easily", thereby reducing the risk of accidents.
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"When driving electrically, the driver who is used to the familiar sound of a combustion engine experiences the paradigm shift of powertrain technology".
The BBC reports that while the charity Guide Dogs welcomed the change, it said the vehicles should make sounds at all speeds.
The benefits of an electric vehicle nearly always outweigh those of cars with a combustion engine.
New regulations are due to safety concerns Electric vehicles are a lot quieter than tradition internal combustion engines.
BMW also recently revealed new EV sounds, composed by Hanz Zimmer, for their Vision M Next concept. China, the world's largest auto market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered only by fossil fuels. "We are delighted that from today it is now compulsory for new models to have an Avas built in".