Electric vehicles scolded for being too quiet
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 7:10 p.m.
DETROIT — A government safety agency wants electric and hybrid vehicles to make more noise at low speeds so pedestrians can hear them coming.
The cars and trucks, which are far quieter than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, don't make enough noise at low speeds to warn walkers, bicyclists and the visually impaired, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Monday.
The proposed rule would require the cars to make additional noise at speeds slower than 18 mph. NHTSA said the cars make enough noise to be heard at higher speeds.
Automakers would be able to pick the sounds that the cars make from a range of choices. The government says pedestrians must be able to hear the sounds over background noises.
The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule. The agency will use public input to craft a final rule.
NHTSA estimates that the noise would prevent 2,800 pedestrian and cyclist injuries during the life of each model year of electric and hybrid vans, trucks and cars.
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