New electric cars must be fitted with a device to make FAKE engine noises

New electric cars must be fitted with a device to make FAKE engine noises because they are too quiet and are a danger to pedestrians Electric cars are being fitted with devices that makes a fake engine noise New rules state models must come with an acoustic vehicle alert system Noise is activated when car is reversing or travelling below 12.5 miles an hour Drivers can switch off system if they deem it appropriate 

By James Salmon Transport Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:16 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 01:17 BST, 1 July 2019

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All new electric cars are being fitted with a device that makes fake engine noises – after safety campaigners warned they are too quiet and pose a danger to pedestrians.

New car models must come with an acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) from today, including hybrids, so that other road users can hear them.

The noises will mimic the sound of a conventional engine and will be activated if the car is reversing or travelling below 12.5 miles an hour. However, drivers can switch off the system if they deem it appropriate – for example in slow-moving traffic on a motorway.

New car models must come with an acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) from today, including hybrids, so that other road users can hear them. Pictured: The Nissan Leaf electric car which is already using the system

New car models must come with an acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) from today, including hybrids, so that other road users can hear them. Pictured: The Nissan Leaf electric car which is already using the system

The directive from the European Union, which will be enforced in the UK whether or not Brexit happens, will also apply to all new electric and hybrid cars registered in the bloc from July 2021 – not just new models.

The Department for Transport said the new precautions should give 'added confidence' to vulnerable road users including the blind

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