Remember the post
a few months ago about blind pedestrians concerned over the silent running of electric vehicles
. It's a significant issue for the blind community who fear losing mobility if they can't hear a vehicle passing through an intersection or especially in a parking lot where motorists don't always follow prescribed traffic patterns.
Yoshio Takaoka has built a electric 2-seater vehicle called the Girasole that has a clip-clop sound of horse hooves hitting the pavement to alert pedestrians.
The car costs about $18,000 and can travel nearly 75 miles on a full charge. Top speed is only 41 mph, meaning that if it came to the U.S. it would likely be limited to NEV status.
[Source: Reuters Life! via extremetech.com]