The Tesla Model 3 has been in need of an upgrade in regards to the acoustics of its interior. A classic complaint from customers was the noise when driving due to the lack of sound insulation. Elon Musk has now addressed these complaints, and it’s good news for new buyers.
Despite third party companies producing products to add to the insulation such as door seals, Tesla, being Tesla, has been hard at work going the extra mile. They’ve developed an Acoustic Tire which will help to reduce road noise while on the move.
Cabin insulation is a difficult task when on electric cars. Without a loud combustion engine, the accompanying exhaust and driveline, sounds like tire and wind noise aren’t masked by the symphony of small explosions that emanates from under the bonnet. These are therefore much more prominent and ca be annoying when we aren’t used to them.
That’s significantly improved in current production
— Treelon (@elonmusk) October 30, 2019
Despite this, the Model 3 scored low when Bjørn Nyland tested its interior noise level with three different Model 3s scoring between 68 and 69dB. this was in the bottom 50% of cars, with the Audi e-Tron coming out on top with an interior noise level of 62.9dB.
What seemed to be the issue with the Model 3 was wind noise. The seals especially around the doors would trap wind causing excess noise. Current production models have, according to Elon Musk, improved significantly. We don’t have any information as to how he’s doing this, but it could be via a number of methods.
Improvements could be made to the seals around the doors and other air traps on the vehicle. A more interesting way to reduce cabin noise is by inverting the noise picked up by microphones within the cabin, and playing it back in real time. This in theory cancels out the sound waves, and therefore the noise.
Despite not knowing much about how the problem is going to be fixed, we can assured that Tesla will find a way, as customer satisfaction and listening to those who bring up issues are certainly listened to, as has been proven time and time again.
How do you find the cabin noise in your Tesla? Let us know what you drive and how you feel.