Twigsandleaves wrote: ↑Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:32 am
The same goes for the majority of ICE vehicles at low speeds, in my experience. I hear the tires crunching on the pavement or their radio, but the engine and exhaust is nearly silent and certainly doesn't have some ridiculous howling sound. Why should an EV should be held to a different standard?
Imagine some years from now when 50% of cars are electric and you are standing at a street intersection, downtown in a large city like New York. The light turns green and there is a huge, echoing howling sound, reverberating off all the buildings, an electronic roar of noise pollution. The anti-EV crowd will pile on to complain and then fewer people will buy electric vehicles. The opposite of what we want.
Imagine a residential neighborhood with mostly electric vehicles. How many residents will drive faster (above 20 mph) just to get above the warning noise speed? In the name of public safety, people accelerate faster and drive faster precisely where there are more likely to be kids playing or pedestrians out for walks. It's the Law of Unintended Consequences resulting in more injuries and deaths than otherwise.