CarTrade gives us advice on buying an electric car and the Globe and Mail tells us what to look for in an EV.

What do you want your EV to sound like?  US federal regulations require all electric vehicles to make a sound so that others are aware of their presence, such as nearby pedestrians or cyclists. INAUTONEWS reports the audio gurus at Harman International is working together with Lotus Sports Cars on sounds you might like. Their technology, called HALOsonic, can mimic the sound of a humming bird, a roaring Ferrari V12, or that of a space ship. Indeed, you will literally be able to have any sound you want and can change it at any time.

Meanwhile TRANSPORT EVOLVED discusses the psychology of range anxiety . (You can access all 4 parts of this article here.) The same source tells us what it is like to drive a Toyota Rav4 EV for a year (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Torque News reveals why people buy electric vehicles. A recent survey by the California Air Resources Board of 8400 EV drivers in the US state found 37% of respondents said the primary motivation was to save money on fuel. This was followed by 21% for the purpose of reducing environmental impact, 15% for coveted HOV lane access, 7% for increased energy independence, 6% for embracing the newest technology, 6% for vehicle performance, and 5% supporting the diffusion of EV technology. The survey also reveals why EV buyers selected specific automakers for their vehicle.

California Air Resources Board
California Air Resources Board

Tesla Motors Inc. announced it will be sharing all of its patents to spur the development of electric vehicles globally. The Globe and Mail says this includes all of Tesla’s patents, including several hundred current ones and several thousand in the future.

Tesla co-founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who “in good faith wants to use our technology.” He said the company was founded to speed the growth of sustainable transport. “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” he said.

In a related post, NDTV reports Indian automaker Mahindra will review Tesla patents for its EVs.

Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle will be on the road next week says TechFlash. The company is testing 22 of them on North American highways to gauge customer reaction to determine if it should make a production model. See also The Motor Report, Harley-Davidson Reveals First-Ever Electric Motorcycle Concept  (with video)

The new ride will not rumble like the classic Harley Hog, but rather sound like a fighter jet coming in for a landing. Harley is hoping the sound will be jaw-dropping.




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