• Oct 29th 2008 at 7:01PM
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One of the concerns about today's electric and hybrid vehicles is that they don't make the same noises as internal-combustion-propelled conveyances. It seems customers have come to expect a certain sound when a vehicle starts or is put into motion, and electric motors just can't compare to ICEs. GM has decided to add a soundtrack to its upcoming Chevy Volt to remedy that situation. Rather than plugging in the melodic symphony of the ZR1's LS9, however, they think the car deserves something a bit more space-age to go along with its high-tech hardware, and apparently there are some Trekkies at GM HQ. While we doubt they'll actually license the sound effects from the the Kirk and Spock franchise, E-Flex vehicle line executive, Frank Weber thinks the Volt should make sounds similar to when "you hear the doors close, or use the transporter," on the USS Enterprise. So it's official. The Prius' place in the geek hierarchy has been eclipsed by the Volt.

[Source: GM-Volt.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      In before "I can't Captain, I need more power" jokes
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh. My. God.

      Like someone said before, now when they have the opportunity, they should "invent" a sound for their electric cars. Something recognizable. It's just plain stupid to rip it off of Star Trek. Instead, imagine a Mercedes-Benz rolling up with that creepy choir boy sound logo :P

      But isn't the tire noise is more than enough anyway?
      • 6 Years Ago
      At the very least it will keep the pigeons off the roof.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man this car is going to be nothing but hype by the time GM is done with it. What a tragedy this Volt is becoming. Why can't they just manufacture a fantastic and beautiful automobile and let it sell it's self?
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is pretty hilarious news. Thanks for brightening my Wednesday. Makes sense, too, since they want the car to say "HIGH-TECH" in as many ways as possible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh. My. God.

      Like someone said before, now when they have the opportunity, they should "invent" a sound for their electric cars. Something recognizable. It's just plain stupid to rip it off of Star Trek. Instead, imagine a Mercedes-Benz rolling up with that creepy choir boy sound logo :P

      But isn't the tire noise is more than enough anyway?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tire noise is not enough. Especially when ambient noise outside can drown it out.

        I'm all for unique/original noise too, but I'm sure with today's sound chips and hard drives they'll probably have numerous "profiles" you can choose from. You might even be able to go online and download new "ringtones" for it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't really think so. It's hard to hear a four-banger over the tire noise in city traffic, as long as you don't rev it much.

        Hitting a kid and blaming it on the car... That's not the first time.
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Scotty we need more power to the engines!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about the clippety-clop sound of hooves on pavement? Add some nineteenth century charm to our cities!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not play Greensleeves?
      • 6 Years Ago
      no "boldly going" quip?


      il be happy when my car can deliver me, instantly, a cup of tea.
      earl gray.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You do realize that this will probably turn out like a cell phone with ten different ring or in this case "drive" tones. I personally would opt for a lightsaber over star trek.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Then we'll be seeing TV commercials for buying ringtones that can be sent directly to your Volt, with accompanying reoccurring charges, of course.
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