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Volkswagen has revealed the driving sound of the all-electric ID.3 for the very first time.

The sound design was presented at the DRIVE. Forum in Berlin which is part of the Future Sounds event. 

As of July 2019 all newly registered electric vehicles in Europe must produce an artificial driving sound.

For this reason, VW says its ID. family models will, in the future, use an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) to generate an artificial driving sound – when moving off; at speeds up to 30 km/h; and when reversing.

And here’s what it sounds like…

Klaus Bischoff, the Head of Design Volkswagen Brand, says: “Thanks to their sound, electric vehicles are given their own voice that we can design ourselves regardless of mechanical sounds. The ID.3 radiates safety and the promise of effortless mobility: It will take us everywhere.”

Dr. Frank Welsch, the Chief Development Officer of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, adds: “An electric vehicle’s sound defines its identity. The sound should be confident and likeable. It may well sound futuristic and must also impress with its unique character.”

The brand’s new driving sound was developed as part of a collaboration with the composer and music producer Leslie Mandoki.

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