Nissan LEAF Shows Silence Is Golden At The Cannes Lions Festival

JUL 5 2016 BY MARK KANE 4

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Nissan, acting as an official partner of the Cannes Lions Festival, delivered 15 LEAFs and e-NV200s for shuttle service surrounding the event.

One of the slogans promoted for use of EVs was “Nissan shows Silence is Golden in Cannes“, drawing attention to the low noise level of EVs: around just 21 dB.

According to Nissan, the LEAF is almost 50 percent quieter than current traditional petrol and diesel cars.

Nissan also boast also that LEAF sales counter exceed 224,000 heading into June.

“In Europe, noise pollution, particularly in towns and cities, is a growing problem and has been linked with health problems. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), more than 125 million people across Europe are currently exposed to noise levels of 55 dB or more[1].

The running noise of a Nissan LEAF powertrain is just 21 dB[2] – less than a ceiling fan (26 dB) and way below the World Health Organisation’s night time noise target for Europe (40dB)[3]. At low speed, in a city driving mode, Nissan’s electric vehicles are almost 50 percent quieter than current traditional petrol and diesel cars. This means mass adoption of EVs could significantly contribute to improving noise pollution in Europe’s cities.

Silence is Golden #NissanElectric

Silence is Golden #NissanElectric

Delegates were able to order a shuttle through Facebook Messenger using the search term ‘My electric ride’ and could share their selfie moments from inside the vehicles using #NissanElectric. Each shuttle wore the slogan ‘Silence is Golden’, highlighting how Nissan’s electric vehicles (EVs) can contribute to reducing noise pollution in urban areas with their almost silent powertrains.

On the 23rd June, as part of the Festival, Nissan conducted a ‘silent interview’ with record-breaking free-diver, Guillaume Néry, from within a Nissan e-NV200. Fans were able to send their questions in via Nissan’s social media channels.

An eye-catching Nissan Half LEAF is also on display in the Main Square throughout the Festival. The Half LEAF is a bisected Nissan LEAF revealing to festival-goers the inner mechanics and electronics of the popular electric passenger car.”

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, said:

“We are delighted to be an official partner of this event, which gives us a fantastic opportunity to show an international audience the true potential of our zero emission technology. The Cannes Lions Festival is all about innovation, purpose and creativity – values which are at the heart of everything Nissan does. We are dedicated to providing intelligent, sustainable mobility solutions for all, and the Nissan LEAF is the ultimate embodiment of this purpose.”

“Our EVs offer a whole range of benefits which can improve the lives of our customers. Not only do they make drivers’ lives easier, offering spaciousness, quality and up to 250 km* of range on a single charge, they also contribute to improving air quality and reducing noise pollution.”

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dB what? dB is relative metric without units. If it’s 21 dB relative to ambient, that’s over 100 times the ambient noise. That can’t be right. They must mean dBA. Then what was ambient noise?

SparkEV has fake noise maker that makes deafening whoosing sound at 44 dBA. When this is disabled (via fuse box hack), it drops to 32 dBA, the same as ambient. Noise maker makes 12 dB above ambient! If the gov’t has their way, all EV will be equipped with such loud noise maker in near future.

By the way, Prius doesn’t have a fake noisemaker, and because of that, quieter than SparkEV at a stop or slow speed.

This synthetic noise is annoying and should be disable.
The Leaf shut this gimmick off at around 30 kilometer per hour, because tire noise is then the main source.
It’s useless anyway.

I turn off the fake Leaf sound every time unless reversing with limited visibility. It is unpleasant.

I think Leaf has user selectable option to turn it off, but not so on SparkEV. If fake noise becomes the law in the future, it might be even harder to turn off than fuse box hack.