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Fast Forward a Few years

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by harry, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. harry

    harry Member

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    I was in town today in our RAV4 EV and rolled down a window while stopped for a light. The din of the traffic was overwhelming, almost all of it ICE sounds. We've gotten so used to it that we don't really hear it, I suspect. But I fast forwarded a few years in my mind and thought about what the city would sound like without the ICEs. It will be an amazingly quieter place, and if more people could visualize what a difference EVs will make it should be another incentive to buy now.
     
  2. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Active Member

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    Great visual...or is that great auditory?
     
  3. CapitalistOppressor

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    The main thing I think about is all the poor blind people who will be run over :)
     
  4. dmckinstry

    dmckinstry Model S - U.S. P - #1649

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    Yeh. But with all the ICEs gone, they'll be able to distinguish the location of the tire noise.
     
  5. rolosrevenge

    rolosrevenge Dr. EVS

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    Meh, blind people aren't allowed to drive, so as long as they walk on the sidewalk and wait at crosswalks for the beeping noise, they'll be fine. Last time I checked, me not hitting people while I drive is much more a function of me avoiding them then them running out of my way.
     
  6. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Sadly, it wouldn't. One of the nicer aspects of ICE audio pollution is that it acts as a white noise to combat the "music" of other drivers.
     
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    Honestly, what's worse, heavy diesel rumbling/fumes or country music? :tongue:
     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    I wasn't talking about country music. That's actually music.

    And fumes is a different thing. I was talking about just the audio.
     
  9. Krugerrand

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    Hands down, country music! No contest.
     
  10. jkirkebo

    jkirkebo Model S P85+ VIN 14420 EU

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    Yeah, I'd have to agree on that one :tongue:
     
  11. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Country music about heavy diesel rumbling?
     
  12. Johann Koeber

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    You're asking for a discussion!
     
  13. vfx

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    With the cars and traffic quieter people can turn down their radios. No need to escalate audio.
     
  14. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    If only that were that case. I know it's not the case every time I reach a stoplight on a "windows down" day.
     
  15. dmckinstry

    dmckinstry Model S - U.S. P - #1649

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    Country music isn't the problem. It the ones booming heavy base throbbing at 100+dB with their windows open.
     
  16. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Unless you actually have to listen to it.

    +1 Or even with the windows closed (yours or theirs) because window position doesn't make much difference. Sometimes you get lucky and their base matches what you're listening to but usually it's just annoying.
     
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    Thanks for bringing up this other noxious ICE emission. I also long for this future...
     
  18. vfx

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    Cause everyone is driving a noisy gas car.
     
  19. Doug_G

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    OMG the thread wandered back on topic!

    Yes, I think the FUD about making EVs have noisemakers would go away if the driving environment was quiet in the first place. There's plenty of sound from the wheels; you don't need an ICE.
     
  20. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    The FUD about EVs having noisemakers is mostly about keeping EVs looking like toys. Real grown ups don't drive toys, so adoption is slowed giving the ICE car manufacturers a little longer life. Of course, that's not how it's spun to the legislators and no legislator wants to appear unsympathetic so it's an easy sell, even if the facts don't support it.
     

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