Nissan LEAF®: Confidential Sound Inside Minus Noise Pollution Outside

by DerdriuMarriner

Nissan LEAF® has five-year leads as the top-selling electric car, partly due to maximum sound confidentiality inside and minimum noise pollution outside.

Nissan LEAF® Electric Cars Are Low on Noise

Nissan LEAF® electric cars are friendly to environmental and public health even though they contribute more to noise pollution than their original design intends, according to The Electric Car Guide: Nissan LEAF®.

Noise pollution belongs on the list of environmental and public health contaminants along with air, land and water pollution since noise is aging, disruptive and stressful. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians who criticize conventional vehicles for moving parts, revved engines, road vibrations and wind drag call electric cars silent killers that move soundlessly. Pressure applied to and removed from the pedal drive the Nissan LEAF® into a silent acceleration from, or a soundless deceleration to, a standstill within seconds.

Drivers expect silent starts and soundless stops from the Nissan LEAF® even though some legislation requires electric cars to make contributions, albeit minimalist, to noise pollution.




Nissan's Oppama plant in Yokosuka, east central Honshu, produced first Nissan LEAFs. Second plant opened in Smyrna, Tennessee, in January 2013.
In March 2013, Nissan opened plant in Sunderland as third Nissan LEAF production facility.
In March 2013, Nissan opened plant in Sunderland as third Nissan LEAF production facility.

Nissan LEAF® Electric Cars Find Noise Pollution Unacceptable


Air dividing around the car’s front and reforming after the rear and the car’s rubber tires contacting the road surface furnish respective whoosh and rumble sounds. Fans operational whenever the power is on and speeds over 16 kilometers (10 miles) per hour generate sound that can be heard outside all electric cars.

The Nissan LEAF® has a sound system that plays an engine note, audible to passersby and pedestrians, until road and wind noise become audible with acceleration. It is mandated by the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, enacted Jan. 4, 2011, for new electric and hybrid cars sold in the United States.

Author Michael Boxwell judges environmental and public health served by mandatory supplementary sound systems for all cars at speeds below 16 kilometers (10 miles) per hour. 


CleanTechnica writer Cynthia Shahan reveals her new 2015 Nissan LEAF as a silent drive in "10 Uses for a Silent Nissan."
CleanTechnica writer Cynthia Shahan reveals her new 2015 Nissan LEAF as a silent drive in "10 Uses for a Silent Nissan."

Nissan LEAF® Electric Cars Keep Exterior Noises Outside


Experience as an electric car driver since 2006 and industry professional since 2003 and participation in noise-related projects since 2010 keep Michael Boxwell questioning mandatory alerts. Sound-tested drive-bys list the conventional Citroën C4 as “marginally quieter” than the Nissan LEAF® at 20-, 30- and 40-mile (32.19-, 48.28- and 64.37-kilometer) per hour speeds. They mean that alternative and conventional automakers have common agendas of quality simultaneously dependent and independent of legislation, according to The Electric Car Guide: 2015 Edition.

Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive Officer responsible for Nissan and Renault electric car production, notes prioritizing environmental and public health when exploiting car markets in developing countries. He observes that the future points to “zero emissions. And the only zero emission vehicle available today is electric. So we decided to go for it.” 


A Nissan LEAF charges, not only at charging stations in busy urban settings, but also via home chargers as well as amid nature's stillness.

Ever-increasing ranges and charging options encourage the Nissan LEAF's implicit "Go anywhere" lifestyle.
Nissan LEAF 2012
Nissan LEAF 2012

Nissan LEAF® Electric Cars Promote Interior Sound Confidentiality


Ecosystem applications of the term emissions prompt scientists to investigate environmental and public health impacts of gaseous, liquid and solid releases from personal and public transportation. Air, animals, land, people, plants, structures and water qualify as familiar impact points for heat, light and particle contamination and for the less familiar noise pollution.

Vehicles release sound waves that indicate bumpy or smooth rides and cooperative or cranky parts in terms of maintenance and mechanics of personal and public transportation.  The design of electric cars such as the Nissan LEAF® sees to exterior sounds remaining outside for road users and interior sounds staying inside for occupants.

Acoustics, electronics and suspension turn Bluetooth-enabled talks, GPS-enabled tours, USB-enabled tunes and XM-enabled transmissions into private matters for drivers and passengers, not passersby and passing vehicles. 


How Quiet is an Electric Car? (the Electric Car Noise debate)

Uploaded on Nov 27, 2010, by Michael Boxwell ~ URL:



My special thanks to talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the internet. 


Glow-in-the-Dark Painting Art with Nissan LEAF 100% Electric ~ On March 20, 2015, Guinness Book of World Records recognized painting of Nissan Leaf by Ian Cook as Largest Glow-in-the-Dark Painting.

Published on Mar 29, 2015, by Nissan Europe ~ URL:

Sources Consulted


Boxwell, Michael. 20 April 2015. The Electric Car Guide: Nissan LEAF. The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to the World’s Most Popular Electric Car. Coventry, England, UK: Greenstream Publishing.

Boxwell, Michael. 3 August 2015. The Electric Car Guide: 2015 Edition. Discover the Truth about Owning and Using Electric Cars. Coventry, England, UK: Greenstream Publishing.

Boxwell, Michael. 2 May 2016. The Electric Car Guide: 2016 Edition. Discover the Truth About Owning and Using Electric Cars. Coventry, England, UK: Greenstream Publishing. 


As the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF garners glowing reviews from its dedicated owners.
As the world's best-selling electric car, Nissan LEAF garners glowing reviews from its dedicated owners.
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

The Electric Car Guide: Nissan LEAF by Michael Boxwell ~ Available now via Amazon ~ Available in Kindle and paperback editions

Electric car expert and Nissan LEAF owner Michael Boxwell presents the world's best selling electric car.
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Updated: 01/03/2022, DerdriuMarriner
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DerdriuMarriner on 08/03/2021

WriterArtist, Thank you for stopping by with such astute, nice observations about electric cars.
Yes, family-sized electric cars are near-noiseless, non-polluting and small.
From my experience, electric cars do not encounter what fossil-fueled counterparts face in terms of parking spaces, which thus far leave the former's driver with room to spare. It means that electric-car drivers have to worry less about other drivers and passengers who open their doors into the sides of adjacent-parked cars.

WriterArtist on 08/03/2021

Hi DerdriuMarriner - The Nissan Leaf looks like a small car. Perhaps electric cars are small, less noisy and less polluting. I liked that it is not a big car. If one has a small family, small car it is for the family to invest in.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/08/2019

frankbeswick, Thank you for sharing your experiences with and insights into silence and traffic noise. The latter unfortunately is increasing here. But so far I relish still being able to hear, daily, bluebirds, mourning doves, ovenbirds, red-winged blackbirds, robins and tufted titmice and nightly owls and warblers as well as frogs and toads. Me too, it works for many reasons, among them being religious and spiritual.

frankbeswick on 07/06/2019

Talking of silence or lack of it. I spent two years in college in London, and what I hated about the place was the constant traffic noise. Then I moved on to the North West of Ireland, where the silence was punctuated only by wind and rain, animal cries and the occasional car. I found myself able to walk and think about religious questions unhampered by noise. Delightful!

DerdriuMarriner on 07/05/2019

Tolovaj, Thank you for the revisit and the insight on silence. That perhaps explains my appreciation for the world in the late night and pre-light hours when company sometimes ranges only to me, fireflies and stars.
The composer John Adams says that silence can make a powerful impact.
Michael Boxwell of the UK wrote a helpful book on how electricity production can, or not, be clean depending upon what produces it.

Tolovaj on 06/03/2019

We too often forget the importance of silence (or just not too much noise) for our health. Electric cars are a big step further in this area. i just wish the production of electricity would be cleaner.

sandyspider on 08/08/2018

Nice to revisit this article.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/07/2017

sandyspider, It's great that consumers, manufacturers and regulators were able to get together to keep Nissan LEAF quiet inside and just noisy enough outside for their presence to be detected by bikers, drivers and pedestrians caught up with less quiet models.

sandyspider on 03/07/2017

Good to read about the Nissan LEAF and noise control. Thanks.

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