12 Oct 2018

Jaguar I-pace to make some noise

New model will have audible warning for safety
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It’s no secret that electric cars are making their way onto our roads at a rapid rate.

And, because they’re much quieter than vehicles with conventional engines and exhausts, car-makers are coming up with new ways to help vulnerable road-users be more aware of them.

From July 2019, all new electric vehicles must be fitted with an audible warning device (minimum 56dB) that can be heard up to speeds of 20km/h, due to new European legislation.

Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, the I-Pace SUV will be among the first, due to land in Australian showrooms from next month, fitted with the brand’s Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS).

Jaguar engineers have developed the tech over the last four years and say the potentially life-saving system will make the transition to electric vehicles safer for blind, visually impaired and other vulnerable road users.

An audible warning will come from a speaker behind the front grille, which Jaguar says occupants inside the vehicle won’t be able to hear. The warning sound will increase in pitch and volume in line with the speed of the vehicle, as well as an additional tone when the car reverses.

John Welsman from Guide Dogs for the Blind says the charity campaigned hard to make it compulsory for quiet vehicles to have sound generating systems built in and turned on, including when the vehicle is stationary at a pedestrian crossing.

“We applaud Jaguar for being the first to launch an EV which meets standards before the legislation even comes in and look forward to working with the company more in the future,” he says.

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