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Nissan Leaf EV sound - Click above for video after the jump

As we get closer to seeing significant numbers of electric vehicles come to market, various standards are starting to emerge that cover things like how these vehicles are to be charged and how to measure range and equivalent mileage. One feature that remains up in the air is the sound signature of electric vehicles. For years, EV advocates have touted the silent operation of battery-powered vehicles as a bonus.

However, advocates for the blind and safety regulators are pushing for electric vehicles to produce some audible alert that indicates their presence. According to Just-Auto, beginning next week, Nissan will be bringing in 500 people including media, government officials and customers who have signed up to buy the Leaf to drive the car at its Oppama, Japan test track.

Among other things, they will be evaluating the "approaching vehicle sound" that will be used for the Leaf and Fuga (Infiniti M37) hybrid. Nissan is testing a system that produces external sounds that sweep across a range of frequencies to insure that almost anyone can hear it. The sound will also vary depending on whether the car is accelerating or decelerating. Follow the jump to hear a sample of what the Leaf will sound like, which to our ears is something like a robot whistling dixie. Top tip, Tohe!

[Source: Just-Auto]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one of the worse decisions ever.

      Hell I would stick with a ICE just for the additional peace and quiet.

      FU nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can you add "skip to 3:29" that video was very boring
      • 4 Years Ago
      Earlier they had mentioned that the car might use a sound "like the flying cars in Blade Runner" which would have been much, much cooler.

      Surely Nissan will realize they can make a fortune with an "drivetone" store for this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "audio visibility"

      What the heck does that mean?
      • 4 Years Ago
      pure idiocy! must have come from foggybottom.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those sounds are going to be annoying after a month....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those sounds will be the signature point we all remember in the future when we make fun of people who bought one of these.


      Shame, 'cause I'd like to have an electric runabout, but now I won't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OH boy.....this is going to get annoying pretty fast....

      I for one like the silent sounds the cars make.
      • 4 Years Ago
      love the concept of the car, but the fish-inspired design turns me off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I smell a new aftermarket mod!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It should make bullfrog sounds...or maybe add some catfish whiskers. Seriously, name the baby after you see the face. This should be called Toad or Grouper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It should play Mexican circus music like the ice cream trucks out here play on their loudspeaker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They worked with the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology? All they had to do was work with Bubb Rubb! Wooo Wooo!
        • 4 Years Ago
        10 points for you Sir!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should get Tina Tina Shanoose to record the sound.

      "Beep Beep, I'm an electric car. Get out 'da way. Whaaaaaa?"

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