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7 Noises We Want To Hear Coming From Electric Vehicles

Interesting | September 27th, 2010 by 5
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First time we drove the MINI E, the one thing that stuck with us, beside the full torque at zero RPM, was the completely silence …

First time we drove the MINI E, the one thing that stuck with us, beside the full torque at zero RPM, was the completely silence coming from the drivetrain. The silence surrounding the car became even more obvious when pedestrians were surprised to hear a car sneaking by them without much audible warning.

With more and more electric cars coming to the market or being planned for, pedestrian safety became a concern for everyone, including government regulatory agencies. Automakers were told that they would have to fit noise generators to warn pedestrians of immediate danger and several solutions started to be developed.

Despite the hopes of some tech-savvy consumers, the plans are unlikely to include customizable “ring tones”, in form of MP3-style downloaded from the internet. A more likely candidate would be the sound of an internal-combustion engine idling when the electric car is at a traffic light and a more aggressive note that would kick in when the car starts to move.

7 Noises We Want To Hear Coming From Electric VehiclesBut these news haven’t stopped some automotive magazines to poke fun at the possibility of a ring tone being delivered by a car, therefore, All Cars Electric website decided to share with everyone their take on sounds we’d love to hear coming from our EVs.

Jalopy

If it’s possible for a sound to be ironic, this is the one. What better irony than your new zero-emissions EV putting out a sound reminiscent of the best cartoon-esque jalopy, spluttering and backfiring down the road? All you’d be missing is the smoke, as that’s the one thing EVs can’t do. There are safety benefits too though – what better sound to alert pedestrians to your presence than a loud explosive backfire?

Vuvuzela

If you watched any games from the South Africa-based 2010 FIFA World Cup, you’ll be familiar with the ‘swarm of bees’ sound of ten thousand vuvuzelas being blown around a stadium. Download the sound for your EV, and you can bring the ‘joy’ to thousands of others on your commute, or simply give your kid’s soccer practice a bit of atmosphere as you drive around the car park.

See more “sounds” at AllCarsElectric.

BMW has been known for their innovation in the history of automobiles, so we expect no less than an innovative and efficient solution for their upcoming Megacity electric vehicles due out in 2013.

  • http://www.calebcunningham.com CalebC

    This really frustrates me. The perfect opportunity to reduce noise pollution is being wasted away because pedestrians can’t be bothered to look both ways before crossing the street.

    • Tom

      And the reduction in noise pollution would be significant especially if these vehicles are targeted for city driving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163817321 X5SoB

    I think the sound of a litle kid making engine noises would be really cool. Really, if manufacturers install a device to generate sound, it will only be a matter of time before customizers hack into it and install whatever sound you want. As I understand it, Lotus is going to provide a variety of sounds to pick from when they roll out their all-electric Evora.

  • Doug

    The noise will have to be consistent to be immediately recognizable without thought. So it seems unlikely that creative car noises will go very far.

    However, before laws standardize it… I really like X5′s kid noises.

  • http://supercar.biz Supercars

    Oh god…Vuvuzela sound is the sound that I NEVER want to hear again!!! :D

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