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University ensures electric vehicles can be heard

The University of Birmingham in the UK has fitted its fleet of electric vehicles on campus with what it describes as "life-saving" sound devices.

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The university needed a solution to ensure electric vehicles could be heard by students
The university needed a solution to ensure electric vehicles could be heard by students

The University of Birmingham has equipped its fleet of electric vehicles with noise-emitting devices to warn students of approaching vehicles.

 

According to the university, the environment has always been a priority – it generates 75 per cent of its own energy and has met the target of reducing CO2 emissions by one fifth, four years early.

 

University first

 

Birmingham claims it is the first university fleet in the UK to go electric and 40 per cent of its fleet is now sustainable.

 

But it points out, switching to electric vehicles has not been without issues. The nature of electric vehicles means they are extremely quiet at slow speeds which often leads to accidents with vulnerable road users who do not hear vehicles approaching.

 

So the university set about finding a solution to ensure its electric vehicles could be heard by its 35,000 students on campus.

“Driving a quiet vehicle in high foot traffic areas can be very stressful, especially with the sheer number of students we have walking or cycling through our campus”

Brigade Electronics was tasked to help solve this quiet vehicle issue after being introduced as a vehicle safety expert by a mutual supplier. And its quiet vehicle sounder (QVS), a device designed to warn vulnerable road users of an approaching electric/hybrid vehicle, was subsequently deployed.

 

“Driving a quiet vehicle in high foot traffic areas can be very stressful, especially with the sheer number of students we have walking or cycling through our campus,” said Chris Lane, operations manager at the University of Birmingham.

 

“The QVS eliminates that worry and ultimately keeps everybody safe. We will be making sure all new electric vehicles joining our fleet are fitted with a quiet vehicle sounder, there’s no questioning why you would not have one installed.”

 

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