How Beethoven Betters A Car's EV Range

Thu 14th Apr 2022

Boffins at Korean car brand Kia have produced an amazing research report which suggests that listening to Beethoven will improve the range on your electric vehicle.

The analysis which was completed in partnership with the University of Salford revealed that the music we listen to has a real-life effect on how efficient we are as drivers, with the study showing that listening to classical music makes motorists four times more efficient than pop music.

In their tests, Kia made drivers listen to a playlist of eclectic music while driving through a range of residential areas, country roads and fast duel carriageways.

The journey, which was made by electric vehicle novices,expended 22.48 miles of the Kia EV6’s 328 mile range, and while Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony No.9 dominated the playlist with 32.5 per cent of the time, it was also lined to the smallest expenditure of the car’s energy, just 7.7 per cent. At the other end of the scale, the powerful beats and driving temp of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights only took up 10.4 per cent of the playlist, but attributed 23.6 per cent of the range expenditure.

“What we found from only two days of testing was that music really can have a dramatic influence on the real-world driving range of an electric vehicle,” said Dr Duncan Williams, lecturer at the University of Salford’s School of Science, Engineering and Environment.

“Different songs resulted in varying electrodermal activity and blood volume increase for each of the participants. This had a knock-on effect on driving style, and ultimately influenced the real-world driving range of the EV6.

“In short: if you want to go further, listen to the likes of Beethoven and other relaxing classical music; if you’re not worried about range dropping a little more quickly, by all means put on some more high tempo tracks.”