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Topic Title: How environmentally friendly are electric cars?
Topic Summary: BBC News
Created On: 11 April 2013 01:07 PM
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 11 April 2013 01:07 PM
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sparkiemike

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How environmentally friendly are electric cars?

"Everything has emissions, but sometimes they are just further away from the user."
 11 April 2013 01:11 PM
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bartonp

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Give them 100-odd years of development like the IC engine, they'll be OK.
 11 April 2013 02:01 PM
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Jaymack

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Originally posted by: sparkiemike
How environmentally friendly are electric cars?

Let's wait, till we see the number of injuries to animals ........ including people, that they cause. Perhaps they require an upfront, personal walking guide with a torch in front, flashing lights and/or a built in diesel engine noise? Electric tramcars were/are killers to pedestrians and cyclists especially.

Silence is not always golden.

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 11 April 2013 02:04 PM
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oneye

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Recently trying out a company electric car, they are excellent for the few miles we need them for.
On the other hand I found the Skoda Fabia an excellent little car; the engine of which stopped when it came to a halt.
 11 April 2013 03:16 PM
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Let's wait, till we see the number of injuries to animals ........ including people, that they cause. Perhaps they require an upfront, personal walking guide with a torch in front, flashing lights and/or a built in diesel engine noise? Electric tramcars were/are killers to pedestrians and cyclists especially.


This was an issue that was raised in Europe last year and BMW who are not entering the electric car arena proper until 2014 are developing a noise generator linked the the throttle, they surveyed a lot of their customers as to what sounds they liked, M series, V8 purr, VW beetle, Golf gti, truck, Mini cooper S and many others, it seems if they go the route of a sound generator it will include an SD card facility as the internet is likely to be flooded with sounds.

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 11 April 2013 03:21 PM
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There's been a discussion of sorts on Robert Llewellyns blog about silent running of electric cars. There are some interesting comments on there I'll try to find the link later if I remember.

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 11 April 2013 04:21 PM
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At least you can hear the rattle of bottles on milk floats

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 11 April 2013 07:48 PM
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Silent running of electric cars is an old chestnut that comes up from time to time. Proper scientific analysis shows that the majority of the noise from modern petrol engined cars is road noise from the tyres. It would be ridiculous to increse the noise polution by introducing artificial noise.

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