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    Report: Feds pondering banning EV alert noise shutoff

    The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was supposed to begin reaching customers late in 2010, but a last-minute change prevented that from happening. The battery-packing Sonata was originally fitted with an on/off switch to disable the synthetic engine audio that would come on whenever the vehicle was being ...

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    Report: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid delay due to modifications of virtual engine sound

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In mid-October, Hyundai announced that its 2011 Sonata Hybrid would be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit. The electrified midsize sedan was scheduled to hit dealerships in late 2010 and the first 60,000 buyers in line to ...

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    This Means Something: Japanese Prius to get external speaker option [w/video]

    Toyota Approaching Vehicle Audible System – Click above to watch the video after the break
    After years and years of doing everything in their power to make cars as quiet as possible, it seems somewhat backwards that we're now talking about adding external speakers to hybrids in order to ...

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    Coming 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. We've been hearing for the last few years that ...

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    REPORT: Japan could require hybrids to emit sound

    2010 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Now that hybrid cars have taken the top sales spots in Japan for the last few months, that country's Transport Ministry is reportedly launching an investigation to determine whether it's wise to require hybrid automobiles to emit an ...


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