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What Sound Would You Go For


Condom

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The problem of the quietness of electric cars is now being debated and it seems some regulation will be brought in so that they make some form of noise. What would you like to hear?

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Condom

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As someone who remembers only too well the silent death of trolley buses in the fog during the early 60's in Glasgow this does have its serious side as well. It seems to be pretty clear that all electric vehicles will be forced by law to have some sound coming from them. I can also remeber the very distintive sound I used to hear from my flat in Exhibition Road every morning of a green gas turbine Rover whistling down the road. It seemed very space age at the time but boy you did pay attention to it. I wonder what ever happened to that car?

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interzone55

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Condom

I was thinking about the Rover P6 gas turbine car the other day, as Jaguar are talking about having a gas-turbine version of their new hybrid super-car.

Not sure if there are any gas turbine P6 cars left, but they made a very distinctive sound...

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daz60

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wiz-king, Does a policeman laugh,at any SPEED.(pun intended)

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Colin

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Quickbeam - in 20 years time electric cars will have been laughed off the road as hydrogen will be a viable fuel by then.

Going off subject, imho electric and hybrid cars are a waste of time that exist merely to satisfy a political agenda. The majority of vehicles will still be sole petrol or diesel engined for many years. Their efficiency is constantly being improved and hydrogen is not as far off as some people think.

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wolfie3000

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2 suggestions, firs this. Click here

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zzzz999

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how about the rolling bell sound that you get in kiddies pull along toys :-)

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morddwyd

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I already have a noise producing device on my car. It's called a horn.

I also have a device I can use to warn me about particularly quiet vehicles when I am a pedestrian. It's called eyesight.

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Quickbeam

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There's always the school boy flick card against the spokes, held on with a clothes peg...

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spuds

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I don't know about the noise so much, possibly a person walking in front with a red flag might be an answer ;o)

Electric milk floats seem to have a compulsory flashing orange light and a rather pathetic sounding hooter nowadays?.

There is a person who visits a near neighbour, who as a small 'electric' car. Don't know the make, but that sure makes a bit of a noise. Whether a fault or an intentional sound (driver and occupants deaf?), I really wouldn't know!.

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Chegs ®™

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If people who've had a drink cant see the back of a 20 ton truck with reversing lights blazing screeching "Warning! Vehicle reversing!" through a speaker thats getting closer & therefore louder,then it wouldn't matter what noise or level of noise the electric car made,there'd be carnage on the streets @ pub closing times.I grew up on a street that had steep hills either end so you heard the vehicles approaching and knew to get off the road,if electric cars had been in common use back then,I'd likely not still be here. :)

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