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Federal Transportation Officials Want Sound Requirements For Hybrid, Electric Cars

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Green cars are better for the environment, but the Department of Transportation is concerned that they are too quiet for the road.

Hybrid and electric vehicles produce less sound than vehicles powered by an ordinary gas engine. Because of that, transportation officials say you may not hear them coming and that can have tragic results.

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The federal agency recently proposed rules that would require new green vehicles to make sounds loud enough to alert pedestrians and cyclists.

The Nissan LEAF already has technology similar to what the government wants in all hybrid and electric cars. The company developed the sound for their vehicles with the help of hearing impaired students.
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