U.S. Proposes Sound Level Rule for EVs

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Bloomberg News - January 8, 2013

Quiet cars are twice as likely as vehi­cles with inter­nal– com­bus­tion engines to be involved in pedes­trian acci­dents, accord­ing to an NHTSA 2011 study.

Find out what the gov­ern­ment pro­poses for elec­tric vehicles.

Quiet cars are twice as likely as vehi­cles with inter­nal– com­bus­tion engines to be involved in pedes­trian acci­dents when back­ing up, slow­ing or stop­ping, start­ing in traf­fic or enter­ing or leav­ing a park­ing space or dri­ve­way, NHTSA said in a 2011 study.

Elec­tric cars, which have sound­less engines, would need to make noises to let pedes­tri­ans know they’re near, under a U.S. pro­posed rule released yesterday.

Sounds would need to be detectable when vehi­cles are trav­el­ing slower than 18 miles per hour (29 kilo­me­ters) so elec­tric and hybrid-electric cars can be heard by bicy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, par­tic­u­larly the visu­ally impaired, under the U.S. National High­way Traf­fic Safety Admin­is­tra­tion rule.

The so-called quiet-car rule, which would have to be made final before it takes effect, would save 35 lives over each model year of hybrid vehi­cles and pre­vent 2,800 injuries, the agency said in an emailed statement.

 

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