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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.

36REPORT: Japan could require hybrids to emit sound

2010 Lexus HS 250h - Click above for high-res image gallery

AddLotus and Harmon partner up to add sound to hybrids

It's been a little while since we've heard about the supposed dangers of electric and hybrid vehicles that shut down their engines and therefore stop producing the sound of fuel being ignited and exhaled, but the issue is apparently alive and well. Lotus Engineering and Harmon International, two heavyweights in their respective industries, have teamed up to create a new technology known as Electronic Sound Synthesis (ESS).

AddVolt will have a driver-activated "pedestrian-friendly alert"

Click above for high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt

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