More by Edward Niedermeyer
Sorry to put a positive slant on something that seems to provoke one's inner snark, but I think this is a good and welcome initiative of GM.
At the present time, there is no danger from quiet cars but if they became a popular phenomenon in the future, then GM would be negligent to disregard the issue.
Kudos to them for investigating a warning sound that differs from the rude honk that is overused by so many drivers who spend too much time in their isolated metal cages.
La cucaracha, la cucaracha!
"now plug in electrics, these will cause more pollution using power plants to re-charge them than using an economical gas vehicle"
The pollution created to generate the electricity needed to recharge a plug-in is so much lower than even the most efficient gas vehicle that it's not even worth mentioning. The other beauty of a plug-in is most will be re-charged overnight which is when utility companies have all kinds of excess capacity. Ever wonder why they ask you to do laundry and run dishwashers at night?
The next generation Prius will without a doubt be a plug-in. Kudos to GM for rasing the bar with Volt versus merely copying the Prius.
There has already been once accident involving a Prius that made the news where I live. It was due to how quiet it is while runnning in EV mode only. Good initiative by GM.