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What Will the Nissan Leaf EV Sound Like?

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On June 11, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In automotive,Green Transportation | 6 Comments

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We often take for granted that we can hear a car when it’s coming our way — the familiar roar of the gasoline-powered engine notifies us of an impending collision. But electric cars [1] are eerily — and dangerously — silent. Nissan’s solution for its upcoming Leaf [2] EV: adding a complex synthesized sound system for pedestrian safety.

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The system, which consists of a synthesizer on the dashboard and a speaker under the hood, turns on as the car starts. It is loudest right after the vehicle turns on (as a warning to surrounding pedestrians) and it turns off automatically above 18 mph. The sound is, according to CNET [3], “a sine wave sweeping from 2.5kHz to 600Hz,” that is designed to be heard by people of all ages. When backing up, the Leaf generates a sound much like a truck’s beeping as it backs up.

We don’t have a sound clip of the safety system, unfortunately, but Leaf [4] customers will get to experience it firsthand when the car goes on sale in December.

Via CNET [3]


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[1] electric cars: http://inhabitat.com/tag/electric-car/

[2] Leaf: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/11/will-the-nissan-leaf-battery-deliver-all-it-promises/

[3] CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20007463-48.html

[4] Leaf: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/an-ev-for-the-people-all-electric-nissan-leaf-to-cost-25280/&sa=X&ei=JIcSTL2NJIeMNpb98L4L&ved=0CBgQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEDZ97aQi4GJUcOBt3aMHlMOHyatw

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