The Sound of the Volkswagen ID

As electric vehicles are almost silent at low speeds, the accident risk for pedestrians and cyclists increases in inner-city traffic. As a result, from July 2019 onward, all newly-registered electric vehicles must produce an artificial driving sound.

The almost silent electric drive offers great potential for a brand-specific sound design that not only draws attention to the car, but also to the brand. This means that you could soon recognise a Volkswagen, before it comes into your field of vision.

Therefore, the question arises how electric cars should sound – floating silently or with an artificial engine noise? “The sound gives the electric vehicle its own voice, which we can design ourselves completely independently of mechanical noises,” explains Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design Volkswagen Brand

All ID. family models will, in the future, use an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) to generate an artificial driving sound – when moving off, at speeds up to 19 mph, and when reversing.

The AVAS in the ID.3 is audible on the inside and outside of the vehicle up to 19 mph. Inside the vehicle, different stages of the driving sound are always audible based on speed and accelerator pedal position. Beyond this speed, the vehicle’s rolling resistance and driving noise become more prominent.

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The future

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