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Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds!

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On: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 12:43PM | By: Karen Cook

Gentlemen, Start Your Engine Sounds!

Electric vehicles are awesome, right? I mean, they cut down on all kinds of pollution. Emissions are low to non-existent and noise pollution is minimal with a car that travels silently at speeds less than 20 mph. Neighborhoods are peaceful and you can hear the birds singing. What’s not to like?

While the government supports clean air and quiet neighborhoods they have recently been made aware of the potential danger to blind or otherwise visually impaired pedestrians. Without sight the sound of an approaching vehicle is imperative to the safety of this portion of the population. With this in mind authorities are requiring artificial sound to be added to EVs in the US and Japan. In Europe this is still an option.

The Nissan Leaf, Daimler’s e-Smart car, and the Audi A3 E-tron hybrid, as well as many others, give buyers options as to what they want their car to sound like. Some models are made to sound pretty much like their gas-powered counterparts while others make a more pleasant purr that changes pitch as the car picks up speed. Sounds such as birds chirping or leaves rustling were considered but discarded for obvious reasons.

All this is well and good. The safety of pedestrians, especially children, the elderly, and those with an impairment should be high on the list of priorities for car makers. There is one company, though, that thought this whole idea should be more fun.

EVtones provides a whole world of downloadable options to change the sound your electric vehicle makes, regardless of what the factory installed. They saw no reason why a smart car couldn’t sound like a Harley Davidson, Corvette, or Porsche 911. Or for bolder personalities choose a Boeing 747 or Huey Helicopter. Give a new meaning to “flying down the road.” All of their sound options also come with a dog whistle sound imbedded which alerts seeing-eye dogs as well as pets who may have escaped their confinement to wander the neighborhood.

If the point of giving sound to mostly quiet electric motors is to alert others, there should be no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pick your own. This can be a way of addressing safety issues without adding unnecessary noise pollution.

And, if you wish, EVtones also provides music options instead of engine sounds.

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