Electric Cars Are About To Get Loud

February 28, 2018

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Usually we want cars to be quieter but in the case of electric and hybrid cars, they're too quiet and that's a problem for bicyclists and pedestrians who cannot hear as stalker-quiet cars approach them.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized long-delayed rules that will require cars that use electric drive to create a minimum amount of sound at low speeds. The rule is the first mandated regulation that sets specific sound levels for vehicles traveling at speeds below 18.6 mph. The NHTSA estimates this new regulation will prevent over 2,400 injuries each year at an overall benefit of $250 to $340 million. Automakers will be required to have 50% of their electric car fleets equipped with the technology by September 2019 and all of them by 2020.

SOURCE: Fox News 

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