Tesla could lead a movement that greatly reduces air pollution by cleaning up energy production and consumption. Muy bien!
But what about noise? Researchers say living amid cacophonous city traffic can shorten your life due to noise pollution. Google it. Will the cities of the future, swarming with EVs, solve noise pollution? TeslaMondo says not necessarily. The soundscape could become harsher. How?
These here noises will take a very long time to go away. In fact, they might NEVER go away:
- Squealing tires
- Car stereos
- Defective vehicles
- Heavy trucks bangin’ and clangin’
- Loud people
- Heated arguments among animals
Without a steady baseline thrum, currently provided by ICEs, these sounds become more jarring. We need a buffer. Many of us use a white noise app to help us sleep, because it smooths out the soundscape. A steady thrum beats erratic clamor any day. If you live near a highway, you know what it’s like to have your overnight silence punctuated by an occasional Kawasaki. It’s a problem. But during the day, when the soundscape is couched by warm n’ fluffy car hum, you don’t notice motorcycles at all.
Counterpoint: Electric vehicle traffic might indeed carry a steady baseline thrum. EVs often emit artificial noises to warn pedestrians. The noises run the gamut from mosquito to garbage disposal. When EVs rule the city, what kind of chorus will echo off the buildings? This will be the next engineering challenge: making traffic sound nice. Maybe automakers will collaborate on a symphony of sorts, with each brand bearing a signature element that blends with the others, so traffic will sound like a symphony warming up before a concert.
Or maybe we’ll decide the best solution is to simulate the ho-hum of gas engines.