Hybrid cars cannot be silent, they must make noise


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  • Friday, 17 Dec 2010

WASHINGTON: Silent hybrid vehicles soon may be a thing of the past. Auto safety regulators would be required to set minimum sound levels for hybrid and electric vehicles under a bill approved Thursday by the House.

Blind pedestrians have pushed for the changes, saying the quiet purr of hybrids can pose risks for them because they use sound cues to travel safely.

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