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    Video: Nissan Leaf EVs slip through French village to make a quiet point

    Bjork's 1995 freak-out hit It's Oh So Quiet may have reflected the singer's oddball Icelandic sensibilities, but Nissan is making the concept of relative silence a French thing. The Japanese automaker recently promoted its all-electric Leaf by staging a mini-rally through what it called "one of ...

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    Report: EU to require louder EVs, quieter IC cars

    The discussion over whether electric vehicles should come with warning sounds has been going on for what feels like forever - seriously, it's been so long we've forgotten amazing little tidbits like this - but that doesn't mean the whole thing is solved. While the US has required EVs to emit a ...

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    Report: Nissan, Mitsubishi tell NHTSA requiring electric vehicles to make noise will turn buyers away

    Some automakers are saying that adding a fake engine noise – or some other warning sound – to plug-in vehicles would subtract that "cha-ching" sound from auto dealers cash registers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and some automakers outside the group say a mandate for ...

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    Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delay due to modifications of virtual engine sound

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In mid-October, Hyundai announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid would be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit. The electrified mid-size sedan was to officially hit U.S. dealerships in late 2010 and the first 60,000 buyers in line ...

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    Do electric and hybrid vehicles really need to make sounds? [w/video]

    Volt sound demonstration – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Just to be clear, we certainly sympathize with the concerns of the visually impaired when it comes to silent and near-silent electrified vehicles and their interaction with pedestrians. What we're not sure about is the ...

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    Electric cars can't stay silent forever, noise is coming soon

    We can already picture all the NVH engineers huddled in some back corner crying together. After all, they just find out that the duties they held of eliminating noises from cars for decades are about to be crushed by a new safety guideline that will put noise back into electric and hybrid ...

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    What kind of sound does a LEAF make as it descends?

    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    While advocates have long heralded a reduction in noise pollution (in addition to lowered air pollution) as an advantage of electric vehicles, not everyone is convinced that silent cars are a good thing. We use our senses to navigate ...


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