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Quiet-Car Rules Must Be Delayed, Automakers Say: NHTSA Not Ready

Quiet-Car Rules Must Be Delayed, Automakers Say: NHTSA Not Ready

The concern that very quiet hybrid and electric cars may pose a danger to unaware pedestrians has been around for a decade or more now. Back in 2010, Congress required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop rules for adding alert noises to cars running on silent electric... read more

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Toyota Prius body damage

Pedestrian Alert Noises Coming To Hybrid And Electric Cars, Needed Or Not

If you like the idea of hybrid or electric cars that whir silently down the road without the noise of an engine exploding gasoline thousands of times each minute, you'd... read more July 8, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Car Noise Generators Don't Work in the Real World

Earlier this year we heard that the a United Nations committee on noise levels in plug-in vehicles was about to mandate that all plug-in cars be made to emit artificial... read more April 5, 2011 by  12


 
2011 Hundai Sonata Hybrid, La Jolla, California, October 2010

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Delay: Deciding To Make It Make Noise, Always

Hyundai is no friend to cheating spouses, that's for sure. Of course, neither is Congress (despite the recent Craigslist antics of former Representative Chris Lee). But... read more February 23, 2011 by  8


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Ding-Ding-Ding! Electric Cars Likely To Be Made Noisier By Law

In one particularly hilarious scene in the TV show Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker’s soccer mom/drug dealer character inspires a scary drug lord to buy several Toyota Priuses... read more December 20, 2010 by  19


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Making Silent Electric Cars Noisier: 3 Carmakers, 3 Sounds

It looks like carmakers are going to make their quiet, electrically powered cars a lot noisier. And that's going to happen regardless of whether there's any actual data to... read more November 23, 2010 by  12


 
Pre-Production 2010 Toyota Prius in Orlando

Toyota Prius To Make Noise During Electric Running, in Japan

In another step toward making silent electric cars less so, Toyota Prius hybrids sold in Japan are to be offered with an optional system that broadcasts a "humming" noise... read more August 25, 2010 by 


 
Toyota Prius body damage

Sounds For Silent EVs, More Data, Same Result: Not Needed?

When we wrote about the debate over whether silent electric vehicles should have noise legislated into them, we obviously hit a nerve. Now EV enthusiast Mark Larsen has added... read more July 27, 2010 by  2


 
Toyota Prius body damage

Sounds For Silent EVs: Solving a Problem That May Not Exist

It's a wonderful TV news flash: Blind people in peril from killer electric cars! News at 11. The fear is that electric vehicles are so silent that blind people can't hear... read more July 23, 2010 by  32


 
2011 Nissan Leaf spied -- via Nissan-LEAF.net

Nissan Leaf Audio Warnings Disappoints Advocates, Need For Sound Questioned.

Ever think of the benefits of EVs? Aside from the more obvious ones associated with not burning quite as much oil, zero tailpipe emissions and ease of driving many will cite... read more June 18, 2010 by  10


 
Toyota Prius body damage

But Would You WANT Your Prius To Sound Like a Spaceship?

With early data now showing that hybrid cars seem to hit pedestrians more often, carmakers are ramping up efforts to find ways of alerting people when a nearby car is... read more December 8, 2009 by  7


 
Chevy Volt IVer

2011 Chevrolet Volt Pedestrian Alert System Will Be Driver Controlled

Earlier this morning, we wrote about GM's announcement that engineers developing the 2011 Chevrolet Volt have partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to figure... read more November 25, 2009 by  2


 
Toyota Prius body damage

Do Hybrids Hit Pedestrians More Often? NHTSA Report May Say So

Advocates for the blind have long been pushing for hybrid and electric cars to make some kind of artificial noise at low speeds, to alert people with vision impairment of... read more November 12, 2009 by  17


 
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