"Cities are going to become an awful lot quieter with electric vehicles. We've been reducing noise in all our vehicles for years, but the new electric vehicle technology gives us an interesting challenge in that all of a sudden they're slightly too quiet. There is a potential that pedestrians won't hear them coming. So as a co-user of the city space we have to make sure our vehicles are safe and responsible."
Iain Suffield, NVH technical specialist, Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar cars have always had a reputation for sounding great, and Jaguar’s new electric car will be no different, but in order to be safely heard at low speeds it has to emit a new type of sound to alert other road users to its oncoming presence and direction. Equally, at other times, the sound needs to engage the driver and give feedback about the car’s dynamic progress. As to what these various sounds will be, customers will have wait until they can test-drive the production model, on sale from 2018.