Silence isn’t golden for EVs, as manufacturers add ‘hearing aids’


By Nick Yekikian
The Fourth Revolution

Electric and hybrid cars have been the new automotive norm for a while now, and there are a myriad of benefits that come with the ever growing number of motor-less automobiles.

Among the benefits are fewer emissions, not having to pay for gas and a completely quiet vehicle. But in 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that electric and hybrid vehicles would have to emit some kind of noise while travelling at speeds below 19 mph.

Above that speed, tire and wind noise are loud enough to compensate for the lack of an engine.

Now that hybrid and electric cars are so common – and quiet – the number of accidents involving electric autos and pedestrians has increased noticeably.

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