It may not be imminent, but in the not too distant future the combustion engine and the sweet burble of a straight-six or V8 engine will be no more.
Electric vehicles remain the priority for most automakers as they strive to build and contribute towards a greener, zero emissions future.
The sound of silence
While the principal of creating a cleaner future is a necessary change, there is a bit of a downside. EVs are so quiet they can be dangerous.
Cars of the electric kind produce nothing but a buzzing sound when in operation, making it virtually impossible for other road users and pedestrians to pick up acoustically.
To combat a scenario like that, the European Union (EU) required the fitment of an acoustic warning device in all EVs.
An audible solution
According to Busworld, since 1 July 2019 it is mandatory to build in an acoustic warning system in electric vehicles. The Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) replicates the sound of a normal combustion engine, operating at a decibel level of between 56 and 70dB.
Compiled by: Robin Classen