A common belief in the world of cars is that more noise = more power. Today, you’re going to find out exactly why that is not true, with various examples that support that the statement is nothing more than a myth, thanks to the modern technologies of electric cars
There is an ever-growing range of ultra-powerful electric cars that make very little noise. Tesla is a great example with several of their models able to get from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, all whilst making an incredibly low amount of noise.
Most other petrol or diesel cars that do 0-60 in under 3 seconds make the kind of noise that you can hear from 3 streets away, which is probably why we’re under the misconception that noise equals power. But it’s time to move with the times, because electric cars are becoming more popular by the day and it’s clear to see why.
Before we dive into the advantages of electric vehicles, let’s talk about some more high-performance electric cars that won’t wake your neighbours up at night, but still manage to outperform their petrol counterparts. The fastest electric car in the world, at the time of writing this, is the Nio EP9, which has an insane 1,360 horsepower engine, with the Rimac Concept S not far behind.
When you imagine a supercar race around a track, you imagine that loud obnoxious roar that fills the air. Instead, replace it with a sound that sounds like it belongs in a sci-fi film, reminiscent of a quiet, but powerful, jet engine. But don’t let its silence fool you, because the Nio EP9 thrashed the Lamborghini Huracan on the Nurburgring by 10 whole seconds. It’s like pitting a loud, fancy show pony against a quiet, disciplined and well-trained race horse.
The technology that goes into the Nio literally looks like it was taken straight out of a sci-fi novel or movie. Featuring 1 million watts (or one megawatt) of power – that’s equivalent to 1,360 bhp – aerodynamics and a reactive spoiler creating 200% of the downforce an F1 car has, it also has the world’s most powerful production brakes and ride height control that makes 200 calculations per second. If anything, this shows that electric cars are fast catching up to their noisy, combustion-based rivals.
Many electric sports and supercars exist and more are being designed, produced and tested each year. But it’s not just electric performance cars that are proving the myth wrong, electric cars for everyday driving are also packed with a surprising punch. Cars such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 have proven to be great cars with stellar reviews all round.
They may not do 0-60 very fast, but when it comes to driving around town, they’re able to nip around just as quickly as their petrol equivalents, all whilst saving the owners a lot of petrol money.
So why are electric and hybrid cars set to be more popular than fuel-reliant automobiles? Easy. Cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain, better for the environment and they’re quiet. However, people know them to be a little more expensive than petrol cars, but many fail to remember that they’ll save more than the extra cost of the car on petrol prices and road tax.
It’s not hard to see why Volkswagen is investing $24 billion into producing more electric models and why many other manufacturers are following suit. Furthermore, with expert analysts predicting electric cars to become more popular as soon as 2025, and our own UK government planning to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2040, it’s time to consider buying electric, or get left behind.