Rear quarter shot at night of the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Electric Vehicle Concept
When Dodge teased it’s all-electric Charger, it came with a built-in exhaust note. Read about it here. (Image/Dodge)

Where’s Michael Winslow when you need him?

A newly proposed U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule would require electric cars to make noises to let pedestrians and bicyclists know when they’re near. The sounds would need to be detectable when electric cars, which have soundless engines, are traveling slower than 18 miles-per-hour.

The new law would save 35 lives over each model year of hybrid vehicles and prevent 2,800 injuries, according to the NHTSA.

We’re not here to argue, but you can read the Bloomberg Businessweek article for yourself to form your own opinion about the prospective law. The real question, though, is what sounds to program into the stealthy vehicles. As a public service, here are a few suggestions:

1. Think Futuristic

While we’re all worried about emissions and fuel savings, George Jetson is tooling around in a jet-propelled grocery getter. Probably not 50-state-legal, so maybe you should just stick to the Jetsons-esque sound.

2. Go Old School

Life can get pretty mundane, especially when your day is filled with boring errands. Why not turn your to-do list into  a game?

3. Creep Out Passers-By

This potential electric car sound will delight small children and creep out just about everyone over the age of 12. Our #4 suggestion comes with its own restraining order; however, sundae cones are not included.

4. Add Horsepower

Finally—a potential automotive sound befitting your hybrid or electric car’s potent power output…

5. Simply Hire this Guy!

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.