Apr 29, 2024 - Technology

Fake engine noises are coming to EVs

Illustration of an electric car driving over a road with the yellow divider line as sound waves

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The guttural roar from a gas engine disappears in an EV — but some people want it back, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports.

Why it matters: Lacking engines, EVs are quiet, emitting only the sound of tires on pavement and the purring whir of an electric motor as it powers the vehicle.

State of play: Dodge has had enough.

  • The Stellantis brand is debuting what it's dubbed a "Fratzonic Chambered Exhaust" system in the new 670-horsepower 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona — the first EV version of the Charger muscle car.

What we're watching: Fake engine noises could catch on more widely.

  • Dodge isn't the first to realize that drivers might want fabricated sounds.
  • A company called Borla Performance Industries sells an aftermarket system called Active Performance Sound that allows drivers to dial up fake engine noise for the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle.

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