Electric Cars As Songs −

Electric Cars As Songs

Published on March 13th, 2016 | by

March 13th, 2016 by

 Originally published on CleanTechnica.

Everyone will have a different take — rather, taste — about the following list. Certainly, I never seem to have a mainstream perspective on much of anything — except perhaps with avant-garde, holistic types. I started a collection of songs that compare to the drive and experience of the EVs I love. Continue the idea and share your favorite songification of EVs.

The idea dawned on me as I listened to Luciana Souza’s Tide for the 5th hour repeatedly during one of my longer jaunts in the LEAF. I never seem to tire of that CD. I fell into a song mantra of sorts and the drive flew softly by as in a musical trance. In fact, soon after, I played the first song on TideAdeus America & Eu Quero Um Samba, for Lily Shahan and she started dancing. So I am not alone being moved by that song. Possibly, it could represent the LEAF to me musically. Still, there is a better one, as a similarity to the movement of the LEAF.

Soft, adept, transitioning with smooth fluidity, timelessness, here’s my songification of the Nissan LEAF with male & female versions of the classic song:

Nissan LEAF driver


 

Enjoy the diversity of more EVs compared to the songs they bring to mind (my mind). List some of your own ideas.

Tesla Model S —  I imagine there is going to be a wide spectrum of response to this one. For my choice, I have always loved this video below. I feel the dancers in this video deserve to be driven and picked up in a Tesla to their little cafe. Their style is so elegant, smooth, and rhythmic.

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And when you are using the amazing torque…

I drove the BMW i3 with much younger Shahans who really explored the torque! And unique braking! That makes me think of this song — and, undoubtedly, the tambourine man dancing behind Beck.

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The electric Porsche Panamera was an unexpectedly delicious test drive, also commanding great power. The song below seems appropriate. I don’t think the car in this video is an EV — but it should be.  (Please use an EV next time, Sting). As it was, this is pretty much how I felt in the back seat as Zach drove.

Porsche Panamera S E Hybrid

Certainly, the following song applies to all EVs, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders who travel with a lighter footprint on our planet:

You may not see the similarity in my selections, so I urge you to add in the comments musical representations of the EVs you love — yes, please add to this ongoing feast of musical comparisons to EVs!

Images: Porsche Panamera Plug-in Hybrid by Zachary Shahan, all other images by Cynthia Shahan

Thanks to John Henry for letting me take a photo of his well-loved and appreciated BMW i3.

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  • For SparkEV, Come on feel the noize by Quiet Riot. Why? It’s a got a fake noise maker that makes a HUGE racket (relatively speaking) when in R, D, or L. Maybe it’s the cheap plastic interior or the torque steer, but something about his car screams “wild”. If there’s opposite of “grey-poupon refined”, this is it.

  • ToddFlach

    Awesome post, Cynthia, 1000 thanks! We have driven a Ford Focus Electric for 3 years now, and we can confirm all the positive experiences you report. And of course the less positive as well. Now I just need to find the right song for the Ford Focus Electric…..how about….Kraftwerk “Vir fahren auf der autobahn”