You probably don’t know it, but there is a little-known trick to reducing the fuel consumption of your electric car, according to a study by Kia.

While the range of zero-emission cars is increasing with each passing year and each new innovation, many drivers are still stressed by the idea of making long trips or not finding a charging station to recharge their vehicle. This fear even has a name, since it is known in English-speaking countries as “range anxiety”.

Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the consumption of an electric vehicle and thus optimize its range. There are, of course, solutions such as reducing speed or avoiding excessive use of air conditioning. But there is another, lesser-known method that would also be very effective in reducing energy consumption during your electric car journeys. And this one is surprising.

The effect of music

According to a large survey conducted by the British branch of Kia on a handful of participants in the United Kingdom, the music one listens to while driving would have an impact on electricity consumption. So no, contrary to what you might think, the melody doesn’t directly affect the energy used by pumping more or less into the battery. It’s actually a little different.

Indeed, if music has an impact on the autonomy of an electric car, it’s mainly because it directly affects the way we drive. According to the Korean carmaker’s study, listening to classical music makes it possible to relax better and therefore to drive more smoothly, thus reducing fuel consumption. But what is the ideal piece? It would be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125.

A very serious study

You’re probably wondering how the carmaker’s teams came to this astonishingly accurate conclusion. To do so, several participants were invited to drive the new Kia EV6 on a 29 kilometer mixed course. Accompanied by an acoustics expert, they listened to several different songs, while sensors measured several data.

The Kia teams then collected these data, whether it was the heartbeat of the participants or the average mileage, to arrive at these results. But then, what is the music that would make the most consumption? It would be Blinding Lights, by The Weeknd, with its very dynamic rhythm.