26 Jul '11, 4pm

Mixed Greens: Ford Concocts Sounds For its Silent EVs, A123 in China and More: What sound should an electric c...

What sound should an electric car make? Safety advocates have long warned that the relative silence of electric cars make them a safety hazard. Pedestrians, particularly kids, won't hear them and thus increase the likelihood of accidents. Silence, however, is also one of the great attributes of electric cars. You glide down the road without having to listen to all that thumping and whining coming from the engine. Ford Motor, which soon will deliver the all-electric 2012 Ford Focus, is currently testing out four sounds. Here's a link. Option A is my personal favorite. It has an ominous tone in the beginning with a bell-like undertone. It almost sounds like the sounds behind the old THX ad in action movies. "In a world..." you half expect the car to announce. Option B sounds like a piece of paper stuck in an air duct. Option C is a bit too jet engine-y. In any event, have a ...

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