Nissan LEAF Drives Silently Through Sleepy Village – Video
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.”
“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
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
8. Czech Republic