Dogs Prefer Electric Cars

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

The wildlife in my front yard feels completely at ease with my silent Nissan LEAF. I am not alone or imagining this — someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum shared an even more interesting story than mine. His two dogs prefer to ride in the quiet electric Model S, Leaf, or Roadster over a gasmobile.

He reported that, due to a flat tire, the dogs had to go in his wife’s Infinity. Simply put by this Tesla owner, his dogs would rather not. “They refused to get in. Would circle car but not enter it and went back to model S. Shut engine off and they both went in immediately. Guess the noise was too much.” (Not to mention the fumes of a gas-propelled car.)


The lesson is for all of us, especially those with young children. Noiseless travel puts everyone at ease. Noise pollution is something we accept, but there is no doubt that our nervous system is more at ease with the quiet sounds of nature. I am sure that too much noise — as well as gasoline and diesel fumes — affect our immune responses negatively as well.

Thank you to Chickenlittle on the Tesla Motors Club forum for this insightful story.


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Images: dog by Caroline (CC BY) and Tesla Model S by Cynthia Shahan | EV Obsession | CleanTechnica

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Cynthia Shahan, started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. Words can be used improperly depending on the culture you are in. (Several unrelated publications) She has a degree in Education, Anthropology, Creative Writing, and was tutored in Art as a young child thanks to her father the Doctor.

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  • Dogs have similar hearing acuity to humans at low frequencies, such as the vibration of an ICE, and better at high frequencies. Their sense if smell is off-the-charts better, by several orders of magnitude. So unless you can find a source of HF sound in ICEs, I bet that it’s the smell.

    • Many dogs don’t need an excuse to be freaked out by a loud or unusual noise. If they weren’t used to the sound of an internal explosion engine it’s not surprising they didn’t like it. Of course, some dogs would bound right in regardless, since for them the chance to ride in a car outweighs any other consideration.

  • My daughter (22 months) agrees. She refused to sleep in a car, until she got in the Zoe and was knock-out in minutes.

  • As a scientist it worries me to read junk in these pages. Dog appeasement pheromone placed in any vehicle would be preferred over a clean vehicle, logically extrapolating from the literature. Other variables could be examined under controlled conditions and they may have been. Canine and feline pets are actually parasites that manipulate human behavior by allomones, so most of the serious literature isn’t really.

    • It was my understanding after reading The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy that Mice are the master manipulators of Humans not Dogs or cats.

      • Mice & rats like our stinks, we don’t care for theirs. It’s why they hang around our dwellings.

    • “Other variables could be examined under controlled conditions and they may have been.”

      Probably with large, endless government grants. And they all concluded “More research is needed.” Every. Single. One.

      • Ignorance is infinite, as demonstrated here actually. More research is always needed. No research is needed by the Talaban, ISIS, and Al Qaeda, though. Have a wonderful day.

        • Your blatant ad hominem response demonstrates clearly that you are not a scientist – though you are demonstrating an interesting and obvious corollary to Godwin’s Law. Thanks for the laugh!

          • Sorry, I was not referring to you. Have a nice day.

    • I meant to address the quiet. this was my intention.
      summer stillness
      the play of light and shadow
      on the wind chimes
      —Peggy Willis Lyles, The Haiku Anthology

      • stillness
        sand sifts through the roots
        of a fallen tree
        —Con Van Dan Heuvel, The Haiku Anthology

    • Quiet afternoon:
      water shadows
      on the pine bark
      —Anita Virgil, The Haiku Anthology

  • Chasing a car used to mean swallowing lots of exhaust.

  • They’re toooo quiet. Kids will have to assume a car is coming and not just listen for it coming around the corner at night. That’ll be a fear when i get one.

    • If Kids rely upon audible warnings only to alert them of an oncoming vehicle, they are in trouble already.

      I was taught, stop, watch, listen as a kid.

      The chances of being hit by a speeding car at night coming round a bend with no lights on, is kinda slim.

      • Thank you

    • At the speeds you are talking, the tires make more noise than even an ICE engine. And, below those speeds the EVs have to have some sort of warning sound.

      • I do believe careful driving is essential. This car makes care more available.

    • I understand that worry. However, for myself, due to the quiet which I love (the genuine point of my tiny post) I walk around my car directly before getting in. The rear view on the dash is there — still I take the time to throughly check the LEAF’s surroundings. I think this is the case with most LEAF drivers. They choose the LEAF to ensure clean air, ecological health. It follows they are safe drivers and consider the surroundings well when moving.

      • Quiet, the children will be listening to nature. perhaps.

        Quiet afternoon:
        water shadows
        on the pine bark
        —Anita Virgil, The Haiku Anthology

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