NISSAN bosses have road tested the quietness of their electric Leaf – by driving through Europe’s most peaceful village in the middle of the night.
The video stunt was done to mark the 19th annual International Noise Awareness Day (Inad), and shows four of the 100 per cent electric cars racing around the backstreets of Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, in France, at high speeds without waking anyone up.
Members of the village were filmed while they slept to monitor their reactions.
The World Health Organisation (Who) states at least 13.5 per cent of Europeans are exposed to road traffic noise at levels exceeding 55dB, which is considered detrimental to human health.
The UK is among the worst affected by traffic noise during the day, resulting in higher risks of cardiovascular diseases and even premature death.
The running noise of the Nissan Leaf’s engine is 21dB – less than a ceiling fan (26dB) – which is well below the World Health Organisation’s night time noise target for Europe (40dB).
Wearside workers started building the Leaf in March last year, and more than 13,000 have rolled off the production line since.
Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of electric vehicles, Nissan Europe, said: “Electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf will play a very large role in the move to create ‘smarter cities’ worldwide – cities that aim to create smart solutions for a range of city problems, from air pollution to traffic congestion.
“The goal is to build cities like these where people drive electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and the new e-NV200, which will launch in June.
“This is a concept that Nissan supports wholeheartedly and aims to be a part of now and in years to come.”
International Noise Awareness Day was launched by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) to raise awareness about the dangers of exposure to noise on hearing and health – including emotional and physical health problems such as impaired mental performance, high blood pressure and increased risk of motor vehicle injuries.