Electric vehicles are considered not only eco-friendly but also quieter than vehicles with conventional internal combustion engines. However, less noisy environments in cabins make passengers feel uncomfortable to moderate noise. This paper discusses noise reduction for electric vehicles radiated from traction motors. In the analysis of the noise generation mechanisms it is demonstrated that frequency ranges of the highest level in the noise spectrum of electromagnetic harmonic orders of the induction motor coincide with structural resonances of the motor housing. Interfacial friction between the inner and outer housings of the motor is employed in reducing structural vibration of the motor. Measured noise in the cabin and vibration at the motor housing indicates that slip damping presented from interfacial friction between the inner and outer housing is effective in reducing noise from the traction motor and in the cabin.