July 22 Weekly Open Thread: Electric Whines, Revisited
So announced Miss Minnie Pearl (aka Mrs. Sarah Cannon) every time she addressed an audience. Nobody had trouble hearing her trademark greeting or seeing the price tag still attached to that new store-bought hat. The lady from Grinder's Switch, Tennessee, was a staple on the Grand Ole Opry for many years, and is sorely missed to this day.
Speaking of recognizeable audio tones, people today are still debating whether hybrid and electric cars are noteworthy. Some folks say they are silent and a menace to the non-motoring community. Others believe they are about as audible as any other car on the road, once they get up to speed. The Independant, a UK publication, reported a couple of years ago that there will not be required audible signals on non-petrol-burning vehicles.
Also, more and more cars are shutting their engines off at stops like red lights to save some fuel. Does that mean we'll have horns blasting in lieu of a quiet idle when they pull up to a stoplight and shut off?
So if you've seen or (not) heard any ultra-quiet cars lately, please speak now. And as usual, this is also the place to discuss anything even remotely related to motor vehicles. So go ahead and whine all you want.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credits: Miss Minnie's picture came from GottaGottaHaveIt.com. I took the photo of the Leaf; the sound effects were, um... added.