September 17 Weekly Open Thread--Electric Car Whines
Some say that electric cars are too quiet in everyday traffic. That they need some sort of artificial noise maker so that everybody around them can hear them. Well, some real life experiences tell me that all the flak about dangerously quiet electric cars is unnecessary.
The Nissan Leaf will be built in Smyrna, TN, starting in December of this year. So with the close proximity of the plant to me, and with Nissan's corporate headquarters literally between home and my favorite jumbo home improvement store, it seems we have an overabundance of Leafs. There are even a few running around in my neighborhood judging by their multitude of hues, and I'm sure there will be more to come.
Part of the reason for having a roadster is to let the top down and enjoy the outdoors wherever you go. So in these warm summer nights, I'll drop the top while heading over to the warehouse store. That exposes me to the traffic and elements probably moreso than any other vehicle except a motorcycle.
This has given me many opportunities to listen to them in traffic, as well as walking beside them while I'm on a sidewalk. And you know what? I think they make about as much noise as any other small car. That makes the addition of any noise-making device seem unnecessary, at best.
So is all of the noise about silent cars just a bunch of whining? Has anybody else been around electric cars lately and heard (or not heard) them? Do you think they need audible warning devices?
And of course, this is your once-in-a-weektime opportunity to say anything about vehicular transportation.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credit: The black Leaf image is from the post here on Car Lust.