One of the best advantages of driving an EV is the tranquility. Imagine for a moment a world without the sounds of internal combustion engines. You can hear the birds, the wind in the trees, water in creeks and even the soft flutterings of butterflies.
When I advocate for zero emission vehicles, I am also considering noise pollution. This is why I am against adding a "noisemaker" to electric vehicles. It is a myth that electric vehicles make no sound. You can still hear the tires on the pavement, the gentle whirring of the motor, the sound of air breaking around the vehicle when it moves and even the murmuring of conversations from the occupants. And they do come equipped with car horns.
I have heard the argument that adding a noisemaker will save lives, even though I have seen no data to suggest that electric vehicles are more likely than any others to hit a pedestrian. What would save lives? First and foremost, respect for others on and near the road. This applies to all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Do not use cellphones, text, wear earbuds or headphones while driving, walking or biking. Be aware of your surroundings. And remember to look both ways before crossing the street. Seems pretty basic to me.
I am tired of all the whiners that refuse to take personal responsibility for their actions. At the time of writing, there is no legal requirement in Canada to have a noisemaker on your electric vehicle. So if your electric vehicle has one, I recommend you disconnect it so you can enjoy all of the benefits a zero emission vehicle has to offer, which includes peace and quiet.