Electric cars are fun to drive and accelerate fast from a dead stop. This is because the have two speeds; off and on. They are nice too because they are quiet and peaceful; No noise pollution. How could this be a bad thing?
For safety sake the silent running electric vehicles will now be required to make noise; to prevent accidents of other cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Electric Automobile makers are using this as a marketing tool saying you can choose the sound you wish your car to make.
You can get the Ferrari Sound, Beethoven, Motorcycle sound, or even swooshing air. The sounds will be played at 60 watts with speakers facing out. And will be required by law so you have to choose one when you buy the car. You can get the sound of the day buying all seven if pay for that added feature. If you are a street racing enthusiast, count on new safety items for you too; The Auto Service industry also takes this seriously too; Some say the best way to stay safe is to be bigger and others say that is the problem. Big cars take more go go juice and the bigger they are the more damage they do when they hit something. Take a 6000 pound SUV for instance; hate to be T-boned in a Honda Car.
In case you are wondering why we study this, it is because 40,000 people a year lose their lives in traffic accidents. You are worried about the Iraq conflict? This is 2000 times greater. Electric cars have not caught on widespread and many have been recalled, but hybrid electric diesel and gasoline or hydrogen electric cars seem to be a wave of the future. In 2004 those auto makers which sold hybrids over took the companies that did not. The issues of high fuel prices are propelling the profits and demand for these cars.
Sure you could drive your electric car in the library without disturbing anyone, but you are liable to hit someone using the computer or looking for a book using the old Dewey Decimal System. A little noise in this case is a good thing. Think about it.