Should Electric Cars Sound Like Traditional Cars Or Something Else?

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Should Electric Cars Like Traditional Cars, Or Else?

From Mother Network’s Jim Motavalli:

Electric are quiet. Too quiet. One of the biggest of the battery vehicle is that it is silent in operation.

And heaven in today’s marketplace, the EV needs advantage it can get. But a quiet car can be a car for the blind or disabled, and that’s led to government rulemaking that require EVs to produce some of sound until they 17 mph. Exactly what sounds will be is now being debated .


I talked to Wade of the Auto Alliance, which 12 carmakers and filed public last week looking to the federal rule, and highly of the form it takes now. The is walking a fine line — it the federal rule in principle, but want consumers to be turned off by annoying EVs. It’s worried about cost.

the engineers figure out the best way to it work,” Newton said. “We a car to sound like a car, and we some level of differentiation a basic framework — so a sedan sound slightly different a coupe, for example. And if the sound is to the motorist, we want it to be relatively to them. But no one wants a wild of different ringtones.”

Ah, ringtones. When I talk to about this, they get captivated by the idea of having the car its own personalized ringtone — a “signature” so to speak. But think about it a an unfamiliar ringtone conveys no message to a blind person, going to hear what be a passing car radio.

The alliance the ringtone thing “a Pandora’s and that’s about it.

Newton points out another big problem. sound the car produces will be very differently in Times and a rural road in upstate New he said. So do you optimize the sound for environments or quiet ones?

The also want the sound to cut off at mph, not 18.6, because say above that speed noise makes the car audible The federal rule is supposed to phasing in September of 2014, but the want to forget phasing it in and implementation to 2018.

The National Traffic Safety Administration estimates the cost at $30 to $35 per car, but the says it’s way higher. The agency says it’s a matter of, well, safety. estimates that if this were implemented, there be 2,800 fewer pedestrian and injuries over the life of model year of hybrid trucks and vans and low-speed as compared to vehicles without the agency said.

The National Federation of the Blind is supportive of the legislation and was instrumental in it. “Quiet vehicles are highly for blind pedestrians, who depend on the emitted by cars in order to safely and independently. “We feel that the industry must measures to insure the safety of and sighted pedestrians,” NFB says. “We that vehicles can be designed to an inoffensive sound that give pedestrians the information need.”

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