Will Electric Cars Eliminate Traffic Noise?

With all the efforts for Green Energy and a clean Earth becoming ever more important, driving a fully electric vehicle is going to be part of that attaining those goals, for all of us. By mid-century, electric cars will be the standard and we will slowly see gas powered cars go the way of the cart and buggy.

But, many people assume that once this occurs, the roads will suddenly be silent as there will be no more gas motors revving along. This is not completely the case. Sound energy doubles for every 10 mph or so of speed. So road noise from traffic at 70 mph is going to be a lot louder than road noise from 30 mph traffic.

Electric cars are more likely to help with noise on slower and residential streets, where acceleration can make as much noise as tires. And they’ll be particularly helpful in reducing noise when large trucks go electric. That’ll help the situation. But electric drivetrains, on their own, won’t solve the highway noise problem.

The good news is there are other technologies that may help. Lots of places are using rubberized asphalt to pave roads now. That’s asphalt mixed with bits of old tires. Kind of a homeopathic approach. Tire vs. tire.

If your engine is making too much noise, or your tires are wearing thin, come in and see us. We can get whatever you drive into safe highway shape, regardless of how much sound the motor makes. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!