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So This Is What A Nissan Leaf Will Sound Like

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, Commuter Cars, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Nissan, Plug-In Vehicles by Kurt Ernst | June 15th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

What is the sound of one hand clapping? I can’t help you with anything that requires that much philosophical thinking, but I can tell you what the new Nissan Leaf will sound like when it hits the road late this year. There will be two unique sounds, one for forward motion and one for reverse, and both sound like something from the soundtrack of Battlestar Galactica.

Since the Leaf is essentially silent while driving, Nissan developed a system called Approaching Vehicle Sound to warn pedestrians that a car was about to run them down. After trying various approaches, Nissan settled on a tone that sweeps the audio spectrum from 600Hz to 2.4kHz. The sound is disabled above about 20 miles per hour, as most pedestrian / vehicle accidents happen at lower speeds. Too bad; though it may not sound as good as a V8 on cam, the “warp drive” tone of the Leaf has it’s own appeal.

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3 Responses

  1. Nads says:

    It’s louder than I thought it would be. Maybe someone could come out with a hack that will let you play your own mp3 clips.

  2. Kurt says:

    Yeah, but I don’t think Nissan would appreciate it if your Leaf played the Dead Kennedys “Too Drunk To F*ck”…

  3. eddie_357 says:

    the leaf would be a perfect canidate for the v8 sound effects piped to sound loud outside the car with a 1000 watt speaker