Nissan, Mitsubishi tell NHTSA requiring electric vehicles to make noise will turn buyers away
Electric vehicle makers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that they fear "lower acceptance" of plug-ins that have noise-making systems to help out blind pedestrians. Vehicle makers also say forcing EVs to make noise when they're not moving would make neighborhoods louder and may be disorienting to blind pedestrians.
In January, NHTSA proposed its rules for plug-in noise-making requirements, saying that electrified vehicles be required to emit certain sounds when traveling 17 miles per hour or slower. The per-vehicle costs for these noise-makers has been estimated to be about $30.
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