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Will Europe Too Write Rules To Make Quiet Electric Cars Noisier?

This one just isn’t going to go away, is it?

A member of the UK parliament is set to raise concerns that electric cars are “a new threat” to pedestrians due to their low levels of noise.

Mary Glindon, Labour Party constituent in North Tyneside, cites statistics from the Guide Dogs charity that from 2010-2012, there were 237 hybrid and electric car collisions involving pedestrians–a number 25 percent higher than expected given the low proportion of electric and hybrid vehicles to others on the road.

According to The Journal, Mrs Glindon says car companies must do more to make electric and hybrid cars audible to pedestrians–particularly for the visually-impaired.

“If the Government is paying [$1.3 million in subsidies] to promote these vehicles, they should first make sure that they are safe to pedestrians” she said. Glindon wants to push the message that sound generators are vital for the safety of all pedestrians.



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