Nissan LEAF Drives Silently Through Sleepy Village – Video

MAY 2 2014 BY MARK KANE 13

NISSAN LEAF celebrates International Noise Awareness Day

NISSAN LEAF celebrates International Noise Awareness Day

One of the coolest things in regards to electric vehicles is the silence.

Nissan recently used 19th annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) to demonstrate how quiet electric cars actually are.

The Japanese company prepared a race for four LEAFs on the streets of one of Europe’s quietest villages – in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, France – during the middle of the night.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), normally would condemn such fun, but as attached video shows – nobody in the village even noticed that there was a race.  Even the chickens had no idea (turns out you can’t sneak anything by the dogs thougg).

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) states at least 13.5% of Europeans are exposed to road traffic noise at levels exceeding 55 dB, which is considered detrimental to human health*. The medical effects of noise levels include insomnia (50dB), obesity (50dB), psychic disorders (60dB) and reduction in life expectancy (50dB)*. As a result, Nissan has filmed a ‘silent ride’ to help support INAD in raising awareness about noise pollution levels across Europe.”

“The running noise of the Nissan LEAF engine is 21dB*, recording less noise than a ceiling fan (26dB) – which is way below the World Health Organisation’s night time noise target for Europe (40dB).”

The Center for Hearing and Communications Executive Director Laurie Hanin stated:

“International Noise Awareness Day was initiated by the Center for Hearing and Communication in 1995 in order to increase public awareness about the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health, and general well-being.”

“As a result, many thousands have had their hearing screened and many more have been educated in the numerous ways to prevent exposure to hazardous levels of noise.”

 “It is exciting to see Nissan showing off the benefits of their all-electric car, the Nissan LEAF, in this video highlighting that as well as being friendly to the environment, it is also friendly to the community by reducing noise pollution. Congratulations and good luck in this endeavor.”

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles, Nissan Europe commented:

“One thing that surprises people most about the Nissan LEAF is the feeling of near silence, it is incredibly liberating and makes for a very relaxing driving experience. Most of the noise you hear when a Nissan LEAF is running at low speed in town is actually artificially created to help alert pedestrians to the vehicle’s presence.”

“Electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF will play a very large role in the move to create ‘smarter cities’ worldwide – cities that aim to create smart solutions for a range of city problems from air pollution to traffic congestion. The goal is to build cities like these where people drive electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF and the new e-NV200, which will launch in June – this is a concept that Nissan supports whole heartedly and aims to be a part of now and in years to come.”

NISSAN LEAF celebrates International Noise Awareness Day

NISSAN LEAF celebrates International Noise Awareness Day

“The video stunt, filmed in one of Europe’s quietest villages in the early hours of the morning, shows four Nissan LEAF vehicles racing around the backstreets at high speeds without waking anyone up. Members of the village were filmed while they slept to monitor their reactions.”

Here is some additional info on noise levels in some countries in Europe:

The United Kingdom, France and Italy are the countries worst affected by traffic noise during the day (levels higher than 55dB), resulting in higher risks of cardiovascular diseases and premature death*.

Europe’s nosiest countries in the day*


Number of people exposed to noise levels over recommend 55dB level

1. United Kingdom

5 million

2. France

3.8 million

3. Italy

1.6 million

4. Germany

1.5 million

5. Spain

1.2 million

6. Switzerland


7. Belgium


8. Austria


9. Portugal


10. Czech Republic


Europe’s nosiest countries at night*


Number of people exposed to noise levels over recommend 40dB level at night

1. United Kingdom

3.8 million

2. France

2.6 million

3. Italy

1.6 million

4. Germany


5. Spain


6. Belgium


7. Switzerland


8. Czech Republic


9. Portugal


10. Austria


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13 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Drives Silently Through Sleepy Village – Video"

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Awesome! Like the Renault Zoé “Scalextric” ad, it’s almost certainly staged, but just as creative.

Well played Nissan, that was fun.

…Is 2 minutes too long for a TV ad?

I certainly hope it was staged, speeding through narrow corner in a rather dense area to accomplish what exactly?

Stealth. Duh.

They should show the car driving around a pack of Zombies and show the Zombies don’t pay any attention to it do to them not being able to hear it. In that in zombie movies zombies get set off when they hear load car engine noises and engine sounds.

Silly then to put noisy music over it.

I dunno. This one feels a bit creepy to me. Why go bother an entire village just to… what exactly?


Imagine what happen when they crashed into some expensive property with people inside.

Yes, Nissan clearly has it in for the Blind Community. Oh, the horror! 😉

proves EV can be real fast and near silent.

Is it just me… or is everyone reading the comments for this article with a whisper voice in their head?

My internal narrator, is Morgan Freeman… 😉

It’s a cool point. But for most modern cars the noise of the engine, except when doing “revving” stunts like those shown, is dwarfed by the noise of the tires. In fact, the LEAF has a very distinctive sound from the regenerative breaks – on more than one occasion I’ve recognized a LEAF by sound first rather than sight.

Having said that, diesel engines are noise pollution czars.

BMW also has a commercial in which the father surprises his son by arriving home without noise in his 13. The son sneaks out, but is undone by an app.