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  1. SOUND DESIGN

    As electric cars take to the streets, our urban soundscape will change forever.

    • As anyone who’s watched (and heard) Formula E will know, electric vehicles (BEVs) are much quieter than those with internal combustion engines. Indeed, this relative quiet is a factor that has allowed Formula E races to be hosted in urban environments where Formula 1 would struggle, and makes Formula E more compatible with built-up and densely populated surroundings.

      Such quietness will also be a feature the new electric road vehicles from Jaguar, and so it is particularly good news for towns and cities – for drivers and residents alike. But that level of "hush" has potential challenges too.

      I-PACE Concept | Sound Design

      European model shown below.
    • “Cities are going to become an awful lot quieter with electric vehicles. But this gives us an interesting challenge, in that there is a potential that pedestrians won’t hear electric vehicles coming.”
      Iain Suffield, NVH technical specialist, Jaguar Land Rover

      Jaguar cars have always had a reputation for sounding great, and the new electric car from Jaguar 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 to wait until they can test-drive the production model, on sale from 2018.

All illustrations, photographs and specifications shown here are based on the Jaguar I-PACE concept vehicle. All figures for acceleration, power, speed, range and charging are Manufacturer’s estimates based on best information available at time of publication. U.S. production vehicles will differ from the one shown.

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