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Laws To Add Noise To Silent Electric Cars: Latest Updates

Laws To Add Noise To Silent Electric Cars: Latest Updates

Electric cars are quiet. Perhaps that's a statement of the obvious, but for many owners, it's one of their cars' best features. Little noise, a smooth drivetrain, low running costs, environmental responsibility--it all adds up to an appealing package. Regulatory bodies seem to feel electric cars... read more

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Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Regulators Still Pushing Hybrid, Electric Warning Sounds For The Blind

The debate continues over the danger of electric cars and hybrids to blind pedestrians, as regulators are once again pushing for these vehicles to be fitted with... read more October 29, 2012 by  10


 
BMW i3 Concept

No Artificial Noises For Electric BMW i3 (Yet)

Put most people behind the wheel of an electric car, and you can guarantee one of the first things they'll talk about is the silence. Unfortunately, that silence has led some... read more May 14, 2012 by  21


 
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

Hybrid Cars Safer To Crash In, Worse If You're A Pedestrian

There are many good reasons to drive a hybrid car, but did you know that one of them is improved safety levels? It's true - according to data gathered by the Highway Loss... read more November 17, 2011 by  2


 
2012 Ford Focus Electric at 2011 Geneva Motor Show, photo by Robert Llewellyn

2012 Ford Focus Electric Won’t Have a Pedestrian Alert Noisemaker

For some time now there’s been a battle raging between politicians, advocacy groups and the electric car industry over compulsory noise-makers in electric cars. Now the... read more October 14, 2011 by  12


 
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  0


 
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


 
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


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

To Sound or Not to Sound: Nissan Removes Beeper from U.K. Leaf

The automotive world is, it seems, a very strange place. Less than a month after Hyundai admitted it had delayed the 2011 Sonata Hybrid launch in the U.S. to remove a feature... read more March 1, 2011 by  5


 
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


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Needed Or Not, Electric Car Noisemakers Are Going To Be Law

Although the relative silence of electric cars and hybrids was originally touted as one of their key beneficial attributes, alarmists have been less than enamored with the... read more December 14, 2010 by  30


 
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