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.