So the U.S. government has decided that electric and hybrid vehicles are just too darned quiet. I couldn’t agree more.
You may have had a Prius moment yourself. That is, you’re standing by the street, a Prius appears seemingly out of nowhere when your attention is elsewhere, and you do a classic double-take: “Where the hell did that car just come from??” (My Prius moment was on my own street, with my neighbor driving and frankly I’d much prefer that she’d have a siren warning of her approach).
This is what the Prius and its ilk sound like doing low speeds.
Geddit? Can’t hear a darned thing.
This is one of the suggestions for what they should sound like.
Oh please, big government: Let’s have a little fun, here. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.
You could go down the `worthy’ route and have the car sound like mournful whale song, achingly implying “You with the gas guzzlers: you’re killing the earth and destroying the oceans!”.
But I personally prefer the livelier musical options. Here goes:
1/ The horn from the General Lee. Oh, yes. Dukes of Hazzard in the 21st century. And a more incongruous mix (earth-saving, painfully worthy 21st century vehicle and classic rip-roaring, welded-doors muscle car) would be hard to find. Oh, the irony!
2/ The opening theme music to Knight Rider. So what if I watched a lot of TV in the 1980s? This music would be AWESOME. And would simultaneously honor Mr D Hasselhoff in his heyday and KITT, the car of the future, which is shortly to be beaten to the punch by the Google self-driving car with a Siri interface.
3/ Billy Connelly doing the theme music from `The Archers’ (a long-running BBC radio show), as the new British national anthem. (He starts singing at 2:40 but you would do well do watch the whole clip - pure comedy gold). Feel free to cry laughing whenever you hear an EV approach.
4/ The Bond theme. So the Prius is about the least likely vehicle that Bond would use. That said, Bond is no stranger to stealth vehicles, as observed in Die Another Day (a rather silly outing by Bond, all told).
5/ The opening theme to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Who is the most famous Prius driver? Why of course it’s Larry David and who can forget the episode in which he’s blanked by another Prius driver and loses his rag. No one can hear the opening trombone pomp-pomps-pomps of the show and not think “Larry David!”. You know the Prius is coming. Albeit slowly.
And heck, if all this doesn’t get me a test drive in a top-of-the-range Prius (if there is such a thing), then I don’t know what will. (Dear Chevy Volt dealer: I”ll drive that too. I’m not fussy).