'Quiet Car' Rules To Make Hybrids, Electric Cars Noisy Delayed, Again

'Quiet Car' Rules To Make Hybrids, Electric Cars Noisy Delayed, Again

Federal regulations that would require hybrids and electric cars to emit pedestrian-warning noises have been delayed, yet again. Because these cars operate near-silently on electric power, there has been concern among regulators that they constitute a greater safety risk to pedestrians than noisier... read more

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Proposed 2021 Fuel Economy Rules For Heavy-Duty Trucks, Buses Released

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released proposed standards that would further boost the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses, starting in the 2021... read more June 22, 2015 by 

2015 Ford F-150

Aluminum-Body 2015 Ford F-150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Rating For Crash Safety

Cutting weight can be one of the most effective tactics to increase fuel economy, but it doesn't necessarily come cheap. The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, with its aluminum body... read more April 16, 2015 by 

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ

EPA Insider: Agency Bluffed Carmakers To Get CAFE Standards

Sometimes in negotiations, it's best to open with an unrealistic offer. That leaves room to deal. In the end, the party making the offer gets what it really wanted--less than... read more April 7, 2015 by 

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Gas Mileage Rules For 2025 Could Be Lowered If Buyers Stick With SUVs

Thus far, automakers appear to have had little trouble meeting the corporate average fuel economy rules that started for 2012 vehicle and will rise steadily through 2025. The... read more March 19, 2015 by 

2015 Honda Fit EX-L Navi, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2014

2015 Honda Fit Gets Highest Safety Rating From NHTSA

It's sometimes assumed that small cars are less safe than larger vehicles, but the 2015 Honda Fit proves that a small footprint and good safety ratings aren't mutually... read more February 4, 2015 by 

Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Pedestrian-Alert Noises For Electric, Hybrid Cars Delayed By NHTSA, Again

Part of the appeal of hybrid and electric cars is their quiet operation, but regulators fear this also poses a danger to pedestrians. That's led to several attempts to equip... read more February 2, 2015 by 

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Minicar Scores Well On Federal Crash Tests

The size and performance of the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage may recall 1980s economy cars, but in one area, the new minicar is a clear improvement. The Mirage, introduced last... read more January 3, 2015 by 

2014 Toyota Prius C

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... read more July 25, 2014 by 

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid, New York City, July 2012

Recall For 2013-2014 Acura ILX Hybrid Headlamp Problem

A recall has been issued for 2013 and 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedans--along with their gasoline counterparts--to fix a problem with their headlamps. Under certain conditions... read more June 25, 2014 by 

2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan Leaf Recall: If Welds Missing, Car Will Be Replaced

Nissan has announced the recall of a number of 2014 model year Leaf electric cars, regarding a front structural member assembly. According to the recall report, the front... read more May 19, 2014 by 

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, Los Angeles, August 2012

2013-2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Recalled Over Airbag Software Issue

A recall has been issued for 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid vehicles, to fix faulty airbag software. The recall will correct an issue with software in about 65,000 C-Max... read more May 13, 2014 by 

Third Tesla Model S catches fire after hitting road debris. Photo via Twitter user @NASHVILLAIN_

NHTSA Closes Probe Into Tesla Model S Fires: "Defect Not Identified"

It looks like Tesla Motors' brief firefight is now over. Not only has the company announced the fitment of new parts designed to deflect road debris, the cause of two fire... read more March 29, 2014 by 

2014 Peterbilt 579

Obama Tells EPA To Set Next Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel-Efficiency Rule

Not all U.S. vehicles that burn gasoline or diesel fuel are passenger car and light trucks. Medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks make up a small percentage of the traffic... read more February 20, 2014 by 

2014 Nissan Leaf

Electric Car Risk: Different, Not Worse, Says Top NHTSA Regulator

Are electric cars as safe as cars with internal-combustion engines? That's been the subject of much debate--not to mention inaccurate media coverage--but the truth may entail... read more January 22, 2014 by 

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk at Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Did Elon Musk Make A Mistake In Calling Out The NHTSA On Tesla Recall?

Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] had an up-and-down 2013, and 2014 looks to be no different on initial assessment. While 2013 was a year of rave reviews, high sales and the... read more January 20, 2014 by 


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