If you ask a child what sound a car makes, I would be willing to bet their answer is “vroom.” At least in the “hear” and now. If current trends hold, that might change. Electric vehicle ownership is rising, changing the soundscape. What onomatopoeia will we use to imitate electric vehicle performance in the future? Psss? Szzzz?
Electric vehicle performance attributes and comfort considerations are quite different—and still evolving. How does testing these attributes factor into all of this? I raised this and other questions with Katleen Michiels, head of the Simcenter Engineering & Consulting testing group at the Center of Excellence in Performance Engineering. Here is part of our conversation: