Since the 2020 Revero GT’s internal combustion engine only acts as a range extender, it doesn’t exactly provide Karma’s electrified luxury car with the necessary noise it requires so as to alert pedestrians of its presence.
With that in mind, Karma joined forces with the ECCO Safety Group in order to come up with an audible warning technology that will help keep distracted pedestrians safe.
According to Karma’s director of infotainment systems and connected car, Joe Durre, the Revero GT’s new sound can be described as a low-level, throaty-electric hum, similar to electronic audio tones heard in certain futuristic movies.
We, on the other hand find, that it sounds a little leaf blower-ish. Or maybe that’s just us. You can listen to it for yourself below:
“It’s a sound that is uniquely Karma that our customers instantly recognize when the car is powered and driven at low speeds,” said Durre. “Our sound alerts pedestrians that a car is nearby, something that is especially helpful for those who may be distracted, blind or visually-impaired, and gives our brand something that is very recognizable and satisfies government safety regulations.”
Thankfully, the sound could be customizable in future products, especially with vehicles that stem from Karma’s Project e-Klipse – an all-electric global platform scheduled for deployment in 2021.
“This technology gives an added dimension to the personalized customization options that allow our electric vehicles to match our customers’ individual lifestyles and tastes, and help make our products even more special and unique,” added the Karma exec.
For the Revero GT to fully comply with 2020 EV regulations, ECCO’s exterior sounders were placed at the front and rear of the car, emitting a speed dependent sound spectrum at a specific pressure level.
The 2020 Karma Revero GT is currently available for pre-orders, with first deliveries scheduled for Q4 of this year.