EV Silence Reduces Stress, Improves Mood
The Go Ultra Low campaign (set up by the UK automotive industry and the public sector) released interesting research results about one of the most important benefits of plug-in cars – the silence.
Car manufacturers supporting the Go Ultra Low consortium proved that interior noise levels in EVs can be up to 6dB(A) lower than in conventionally-powered equivalents. 6dB(A) is a significant difference and, of course, when you stop you don’t hear anything from the electric motor.
Drivers and passengers enjoy silence.
“According to new research, 70% of motorists believe that a quieter cabin would help improve their mood and reduce stress during the time they spend in the car. The findings suggest that making journeys in an electric vehicle – renowned for the quietness of their interiors compared with road cars powered by internal combustion engines – can help keep driver and passengers happier.”
“The new research also found that 74% of the UK’s car-driving population above 30 years-old desire “more ‘quiet time’ in everyday life”, with 83% of the same group believing that “Britain is a much nosier place compared with 10 years ago.”
Commenting on the findings, motoring journalist Quentin Willson said:
“When you start driving an electric vehicle the first thing you notice is the quietness of the cabin. Rather than it being a novelty, this can have a positive effect on your well-being. We all know how stressful car travel can be – I’ve found the electric motor can turn journeys into a zen-like experience!”
Here is more about the impact of noise:
“According to noise experts, fluctuations in sound levels can have a real impact on our emotions.
Professor Duncan Williams, psycho-acoustician at Plymouth University, said: “Many of the sounds people find most annoying and stressful are dynamic – this is no surprise as humans are neurologically ‘hard-wired’ to respond to such noise. What makes this annoying is when the noises are beyond our control – they are basically unwelcome intruders into our personal space.”
While the research found that the ability to enjoy a ‘quiet’ car journey is important to the majority of motorists, eight out of 10 participants also believed that a reduction in car engine noise would allow them to hold better conversations with passengers and increase their enjoyment of music.
“Music has been shown to be a great mediator of moods,” added Professor Williams. “It has a clear effect on the brain, and is often prescribed in therapeutic contexts.”
To listen to and download an audio feature on the impact of interior car noise, including sound samples and the expert opinion of Quentin Willson and Dr. Duncan Williams, please visit: www.goultralow.com/blog.
Earlier in 2015 Go Ultra Low identified that around 11.5 million motorists travel no further than 80 miles in a single journey in a typical year, making them perfectly placed to benefit from the lowest cost, tax-free motoring by switching to pure electric vehicles. This would equate to savings per driver of around £860 per year in fuel and tax.”
“*The research for Go Ultra Low was carried out between: 19 March 2015 and 23 March 2015 on a sample of 1,184 UK car drivers aged 30-years and above.”