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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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Lotus Evora 414E extended-range electric car prototype

Fake 'Shifting' For Electric Cars: Dumbest Idea Of The Year

Gosh, those crazy electric cars. They're so different and confusing, eh? We've now come across a new and thus-far unparalleled example of just how far people will go to avoid... read more January 17, 2013 by  45


 
2011 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

2011 Chevrolet Equinox Sounds Quiet Enough For Better MPG

There are many ways of making a vehicle more fuel efficient. Improvements in engine technology, materials, rolling resistance and aerodynamics can all contribute towards... read more September 19, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011

2012 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Hatch: Now Louder, With More Noise!

You may or may not be happy to know that the new 2012 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback will come with a new feature not found on the 2011 model. It will make more... read more August 12, 2011 by 


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.

Ford Polls Facebook Fans For 2012 Focus Electric Noises (Video)

Whether you think they're needed or not, all electric and hybrid cars are going to be required to fit noisemakers so that they can't be missed at speeds of 15 mph or below... read more July 26, 2011 by  17


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf Generates Constant Buzz: Musicians Beware!

After almost 4500 miles on our 2011 Nissan Leaf, my wife has regularly complained about an "irritating whine" that constantly pesters her when she's riding in or driving the... read more July 1, 2011 by  4


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Has U.N. Doomed Quiet Electric Cars to a Life of Noise Making?

Should electric cars make noise? It’s one of the most contentious arguments in the electric vehicle world today, with passionate cases made on both sides for and... read more March 16, 2011 by  9


 
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


 
The Jetsons Car

Seven Noises We Want To Hear Coming From EVs

When EV fans were told that manufacturers would have to fit noise generators to warn pedestrians of impending danger, they heaved a collective sigh of disappointment. One of... read more September 17, 2010 by  5


 
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

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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