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AddVideo: ECTunes solves silent electric vehicle "problem" with directional noise system

ECTunes equipped vehicle – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddDo electric and hybrid vehicles really need to make sounds? [w/video]

Volt sound demonstration – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddAnd the Chevy Volt goes "bruup, bruup, bruup"

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddElectric cars can't stay silent forever, noise is coming soon

We can already picture all the NVH engineers huddled in some back corner crying together. After all, they just find out that the duties they held of eliminating noises from cars for decades are about to be crushed by a new safety guideline that will put noise back into electric and hybrid vehicles.

27VIDEO: Chevrolet Volt tests driver-controlled audio warning system with the blind

As the popularity of hybrids has grown over the last few years, advocates for the blind have been raising a red flag about noise, or -- more to the point -- the lack of it. Because electric-drive vehicles emit much lower levels of sound on the street, blind pedestrians who've relied on the noise emitted from traditional vehicles lose a major source of information when navigating the streets and sidewalks.

AddVIDEO: Chevrolet Volt tests driver controlled audio warning system with the blind

As the popularity of hybrids has grown over the last few years, advocates for the blind have been raising a red flag about noise, or – more to the point – the lack of it. Because electric-drive vehicles emit much lower levels of sound on the street, blind pedestrians who've relied on the noise emitted from traditional vehicles lose a major source of information when navigating the streets and sidewalks.

AddComing Soon: Downloadable ring tones for your silent electric car?

Like to download new ring tones for your phone so that you don't sound like everybody else in the world that opts for the free cell phones from their chosen service provider? The same kind of thing is reportedly in the works for future electric cars.

19Coming Soon: Downloadable ringtones for your silent electric car?

Like to download new ringtones for your phone so that you don't sound like everybody else in the world that opts for the free cell phones from their chosen service provider? The same kind of thing is reportedly in the works for future electric cars.

AddCali. Senate approves bill to make hybrids noisier

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