Most other EV-s and PHEV do NOT have that and no reports (anywhere in the world) about people not hearing.
At speeds VSP sound is heard there is almost no accidents at all (with pedestrians). The only exception is reverse.
AFAIK, every single Toyota and Lexus (non-plugin) hybrid, PHEV (e.g. Plug-in Prius) and EV (e.g. CA compliance car Gen 2 Rav4 EV) from 2012+ model year has their noisemaker aka VPNS. You can hear it at http://priuschat.com/threads/2012-prius ... eo.104980/
. I hear most definitely hear them in parking lots (usually from Priuses and sometimes from Lexus CTs, besides the other usual vehicles). I have driven the 2012 PiP and 2015 non-plugin Prius and both of these of model years in between + the Rav4 EV a few times.
Prior to model year 2012, Toyota didn't put on any noisemakers.
To get any idea of US sales volume, add up all the Toyota and Lexus hybrids, PHEVs and EVs CY numbers at http://www.hybridcars.com/december-2014-dashboard/
. http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/ ... +chart.htm
has all of the Prius family lumped together. In 2015 alone in the US, Toyota sold about double the amount of Priuses (184K) of ALL Leafs that have ever been sold/leased in the US since it began in Dec 2010 (http://insideevs.com/nissan-leaf-ends-2 ... es-in-u-s/
Although I've had no time nor motivation to participate in the discussion/debate, bwilson4web at Priuschat used to often complaint about "bell the hybrid" and his dislike of noisemakers. Google for site:priuschat.com bell the hybrid
I don't know the validity of the studies or claims at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ident.html
and http://www.slate.com/articles/business/ ... ians_.html
, but I did find them via a quick Google search.
Fisker Karma has a noisemaker. Fiat 500e also supposedly has a noisemaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3r9LRGMHEY
. I can't speak to Hyundai's current status, but the Sonata Hybrid got a noisemaker (http://www.autoblog.com/2011/02/24/hyun ... tual-engi/
, http://worldwide.hyundai.com/WW/Showroo ... index.html
). Hyundai's term is virtual engine sound system.