Nissan Adds ‘Beautiful’ Noise to Make Silent Electric Cars Safe
October 8, 2009 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

With little noise from the engine, electric cars may be a danger to blind pedestrians who cannot hear them approaching. To address those safety concerns, transportation agencies in the U.S. and Japan may mandate artificial sounds for the vehicles. The authors check in with Nissan engineer Toshiyuki Tabata, who is working on recreating engine noise for a new generation of quiet cars.

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Jay Leno’s Green Car Challenge

Submitted by admin on October 8, 2009 – 4:25 pm

480-fordbevBy Jim Motavalli
New York Times, September 14, 2009

We all know that Jay Leno is a car guy.  As Jim Motavalii points out in this feature for the New York Times, Leno is also a GREEN CAR guy!  His new weekday prime time show includes a segment called “Green Car Challenge.”  It will feature celebrity drivers wo take turns trying to best one another’s track times in a specially prepared Ford Focus-based battery car.

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