Do Electric Cars And Plug-In Hybrid Need To Make Noise
One of the most beautiful promise of the electric car, EV and other plug-in hybrids, PHEV is that they are silent. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, noise is not a problem but in a congested city, silence is dearly sought after. I’m a car guy, like most of you. It took a lot of convincing before I actually tried an electric car. I preferred the noise, the smell and of course, the vibration of my Alfa Romeos. But what I discovered with electric cars was subtlety and power.
The Zen Of EVs. What I discovered is something hard to explain unless you experienced it, silently cruising in a car that has a lot of power. It’s a myth, an oxymoron but drive a Tesla Roadster and you will know what I’m talking about. What I felt in the Roadster was that my two hands were undisturbed from gear selection as I threw the Tesla in corners. My attention wasn’t robbed by other factors such as engine noise, gear selection or even braking. The car let off when I decelerated, perfect for corner entrance negotiated too fast. It was a Zen-like feeling driving in silence and feeling the incredible amount of power under my right foot.