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Feds delay quiet car regulations for EVs and hybrids

“U.S. government officials have decided to hold off on finalizing rules that would require “quiet” electric vehicles and hybrids to notify visually-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists.

Instead of passing the rules this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will delay the “quiet cars” rule until at least mid-March of 2016. The move marks a significant setback, but not the first, for an initiative that has been in the making since 2013. This NHTSA plan would require these “quiet cars” – EVs and hybrids that operate at lower speeds without a conventional engine running – to add audio alerts when they’re moving at low speeds.”

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