Carmakers looking at giving their electric cars futuristic sounds

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2010

Automakers are considering giving their electric cars futuristic sounds, to eradicate the risk of hitting people who cannot hear them coming. EVs, unlike diesel or gasoline cars, are nearly silent when they start and increase to cruising speeds.

Organizations for the blind and pedestrian safety lobbyists are calling for legislation to ensure EVs are given a distinct sound that can be heard by people outside the car. Audi’s acoustic specialists are working on a futuristic engine note for its electric cars. These experts seek inspiration from science fiction.

Audi is developing electric cars that will be sold under the E-tron badge. Audi’s head of brand development, Christian Schueller, said the German premium brand wants to dispense with the familiar sound of a combustion engine as it wants to emphasize that a hybrid or electric Audi is an innovative product.

Nissan’s Leaf battery-powered compact hatchback gives off a noise that is part monorail and a small jet plane.

The U.S.-based National Federal for the Blind and the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology assisted in the development of the sound.

The Detroit Institute of Technology helped set the final specifications. Tom F. Smith, the Leaf’s chief marketing manager, told Automotive News Europe that the development of such devices is still at its very early stages. [via autonews - sub. required]

Topics: electric car

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


More than three decades ago, the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. However, production was stopped due to issues within the company. The car itself was decent...
by - October 27, 2016
Tesla is making sure that all models under production will receive the necessary advanced hardware that will allow them to be autonomously driven. The fitment of these advanced hardware to...
by - October 27, 2016
Wondering how fast the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in actual driving? To provide customers a good idea on how fast the 2017 Camaro ZL1 could really get, Chevrolet recently had...
by - October 27, 2016
So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States. One of the main...
by - October 27, 2016
Many have been anticipating Mercedes-Benz Vans’ newest luxury pickup truck, the X-Class. While Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal the official production version of the X-Class, it was kind enough to...
by - October 27, 2016