[The Epoch Times, April 18, 2022](Reported by The Epoch Times reporter Chen Juncun) As we all know, listening to classical music is good for both body and mind. And a recent study also found that listening to classical music can help you save electricity when you drive an electric car. Want to try it out?
In order to study how listening to music affects people’s driving efficiency, South Korea’s Kia Motors (Kia) is testing its new electric vehicle, the EV6, according to the website Classic FM.
The company asks newcomers who have never driven an electric car to drive the new car over an 18-mile (29-kilometer) distance that includes residential roads, country roads and expressways with two-way lanes.
They listen to some filtered music while driving, such as: classical music, pop music, lyrical music, etc. When each piece of music is playing, the power consumption of the car will be recorded.
Test results showed that when the test subjects were listening to classical music, they were able to drive the car in the most power-efficient way.
The classical music chosen for this music list is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Second Movement. On average, this piece accounted for 32.5% of the total length of the music, but only 7.7% of the overall power consumption.
In other words, when the subjects drove the distance, they spent about a third (32.5%) listening to Symphony No. 9, Second Movement. And when they were listening to the music, the electric car consumed only 7.7 percent of all the electricity consumed for the entire trip.
In contrast, Canadian singer The Weeknd’s fast-paced pop song “Blinding Lights” only accounted for 10.4% of the total length of the music, but accounted for 23.6% of the overall power consumption.
“Music does have a significant impact on how far an electric car can actually travel,” said Duncan Williams, a professor at the University of Salford who oversaw the study.
In short, if you want to drive farther in a power-efficient way, you can listen to classical music; if you don’t care about power consumption and want to drive faster, you can listen to fast-paced pop music.
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