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Quote of the Week: Do Electric Cars Snore?

This is an engineer at Nissan talking about adding noise to silent cars:

    “We decided that if we’re going to do this, if we have to make sound, then we’re going to make it beautiful and futuristic.”

The engineer, Toshiyuki Tabata, was interviewed at on the subject of the Nissan Leaf, an electric car so quiet that, as with many electric and gas-electric hybrids, it was deemed a potential threat to unsuspecting pedestrians. After consulting with the composers of film scores, the Nissan team opted for noises similar to those in the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. No word yet on a commercial electric hovercar from Nissan. (Thanks to for the tip.)

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Hugo
    [ Posted September 20, 2009, at 3:17 pm ]

    I had a conversation about this today. I know someone with a hybrid car and he said when he’s passing a bicycle on a quiet road, he has to step on the gas to make the gas-engine kick in and make some noise. I wonder what solution they’ll come up with, I’d be happy to do the sound design for the next Toyota Prius!

  2. Marc Weidenbaum
    [ Posted September 20, 2009, at 6:10 pm ]

    I can relate. I was recently seated on my front stoop, waiting for a friend to arrive. I thought he was planning to walk. Turned out he was driving. I didn’t realize he had parked right in front of the house until he shut the door of his car behind him.

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