Feds delay quiet car regulations for EVs and hybrids

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“U.S. government officials have decided to hold off on finalizing rules that would require “quiet” electric vehicles and hybrids to notify visually-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists.

Instead of passing the rules this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will delay the “quiet cars” rule until at least mid-March of 2016. The move marks a significant setback, but not the first, for an initiative that has been in the making since 2013. This NHTSA plan would require these “quiet cars” – EVs and hybrids that operate at lower speeds without a conventional engine running – to add audio alerts when they’re moving at low speeds.”

To read more of Mark Kesler’s article please visit: ModernReaders.com