• Jen Green Posted: 1/6/2011 8:33am PST

    What an interesting article. Is there any debate as to whether this sound will be audible within the car, and whether it may lead to more drivers speeding so that they do not have to hear the sound? Thanks for the info, though, it's definitely food for thought!

  • fb_100000273622398 avatar Dorian Posted: 1/6/2011 8:53am PST

    I get annoyed at this, noise IS polution as well, and to be fair EV's make the same or more noise than a Rolls, Maybach, Merc., or any other car that is built properly. The Streets should be silent, it is the drivers responsibility to avoid obsticles in the path, and the pedestrian to be aware of when and where to cross....final comment, cyclists!

  • fb_100001843714179 avatar fb_100001843714179 Posted: 1/6/2011 11:24pm PST

    used cars

  • English Department Posted: 1/7/2011 10:02am PST

    Please write better.

  • Paul Posted: 1/7/2011 2:26pm PST

    Instead of an annoying bell, how about a good ripping fart sound? Everybody enjoys a good one EH?

  • Matt Posted: 1/7/2011 6:51pm PST

    Not to worry about the EV's being heard because when it comes time to trade these 'WHITE ELEPHANTS' in with 80k miles plus(battery warranty is over or near it's end of life span)who is going to want to buy one as as used car? The replacement cost of the battery bank will cost as much as the car itself.
    People also don't realize that buying an EV means you'll be stuck going back to the dealer for service because the Mon & Pop shops won't want to touch these beast!

  • Carl F Thelin Posted: 1/8/2011 10:32am PST

    Hey, doesn't anyone recall the simple thumb operated bicycle bell? I installed one on the handlebar of the four wheeled stroller (rollater) used by me and my wife after hip surgery. I thought it was a pleasant sound.
    Does anyone recall the foot operated bell used by the operator of a tracked street car? Sheesh, you young punks don't know anything!

  • Gary Posted: 1/10/2011 6:50am PST

    I agree with Jen Green, that is one of the first things I thought of, too (accelerating quickly or speeding to avoid hearing the sound).
    I believe the best thing to do is not over-engineer a solution that becomes so electronically complicated (proud as the engineers involved might be) that it becomes a liability.
    Taking from the even-tempered Carl Thelin wrote, why not equip EVs (and other stealth vehicles) with a sound button on the steering wheel that enables the driver to select among various friendly sounding warnings.
    Or, inspired by the bicyclists were trying to protect, create a "virtual playing card in the spokes" sound that is emitted from the front of the car till it reaches 15 mph.
    Then again, why not require these people just to look where they are going!?
    (instead of spending many millions of dollars to prevent the Darwin award winner from getting hit).

  • austintyson Posted: 1/14/2011 6:47am PST

    Hmmmm I think they need to make noise.. I have almost been hit in the parking lot by them.. My job requires me to be in alot of parking lots over the course of my 10 hour day..I rely heavily on my hearing as well sight to know what is going on all around me.... Oh yeah lets rely on people to hit the bell button....