At low speeds, electric vehicles must generate an audible sound in EU countries

Tesla model S, charging in Copenhagen Denmark

A few years ago, I was about to cross a street in the old city center of Copenhagen, Denmark, without even bothering to look if any cars were approaching from behind (note: you should always look both ways because bicycles travel fast and silently along Copenhagen’s flat terrain) since I didn’t hear engines running. From the corner of my eye, however, I could see a dark shadow silently approaching from the morning mist. I stopped and waited on the pavement. A black Tesla slowly sailed by. It was completely silent. I could only hear a faint sound as the electric vehicle’s tires rolled over wet cobble stones.

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Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a radical electric motorcycle for the road

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

This is the ultimate sign how keen the transportation industry is to build electric vehicles: the legendary motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson has introduced LiveWire, a fully electric motorbike. Hard-core HD believers may miss the low sound of a petrol-engine Harley, but an electric motorbike has other advantages that are already attracting bikers.

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