Although I’m not the biggest fan of electric vehicles because of their many flaws, I will easily admit that their advantages are also significant.
Possibly one of the biggest and the most easily identifiable to common users is the complete lack of sound you would experience with an electric engine.
However, give politicians a chance to defend the stupid and down the toilet this sort of advantage went. Most recent EVs have been fitted with external sound systems that are supposed to make pedestrians easily more aware of an oncoming EV.
BMW was the one of the few companies that didn’t fit this sort of system on their roadgoing-battery munchers. The key item of the previous sentence is “was”.
In a recent interview with BMW spokesman Tobias Hahn, they’ve made it clear that while in their development or present stages, BMW Group’s EVs do not carry such technology. The thing is that he said the company is researching ways of making the external sound systems for the EV should the political or safety climate dictate the need for them.
I suppose this is better than flat out making the car sound like a continual foghorn with a cold is under your bonnet isn’t it? Should the situation get burly, expect this stuff to come packaged in with the BMW ActiveE, the Mini E and even the BMW Megacity.