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That analysis is missing a important factors. Engine output varies greatly, and they get a lot louder when the vehicle is accelerating hard or going up a hill. And average noise is not very important, peak noise is far more so.

I don't doubt that tire noise dominates on average, but engine noise from big trucks is far louder at peak. At least for the roads near my house, typical traffic is a steady ignorable hum, but when big trucks go by uphill or start moving from a stoplight, they make so much noise I can barely hear myself think.

Cars are similar, usually much smaller in magnitude. Every so often you get some silly person who thinks a bad muffler makes his car fast and compete with the big trucks.

Electrification may not bring down average noise levels much, but it'll still make it a lot more pleasant to be near a busy road.




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