NHTSA Urged to Rethink Hybrid/EV Sound Requirements

- March 15, 2013

Mem­bers of Glob­al Automak­ers have come before the NHTSA and asked the agency to amend its pro­posed rule to add sound to hybrid and elec­tric vehi­cles.

Find out what Glob­al Automak­ers is request­ing.

In its com­ments to the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Administration’s (NHTSA) pro­posed rule to add sound to hybrid and elec­tric vehi­cles, Glob­al Automak­ers is ask­ing the agency to find a noise lev­el that effec­tive­ly alerts pedes­tri­ans with­out being exces­sive­ly loud.

“Strik­ing a bal­ance is impor­tant,” said Michael Cam­misa, direc­tor of safe­ty for Glob­al Automak­ers.  “While we sup­port the intent of the reg­u­la­tion to assist pedes­tri­ans, we have con­cerns that the cur­rent pro­pos­al may lead to alert sounds that are exces­sive­ly and unnec­es­sar­i­ly noisy to oth­ers inside and out­side of the vehi­cle.”

“As hybrid and elec­tric cars have become more wide­spread, some of our mem­bers have already added noise alerts to these vehi­cles,” said Cam­misa.  “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with NHTSA and oth­er stake­hold­ers to improve these require­ments before they are final­ized.”



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