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Old 10-17-2011, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From Green Car Reports comes word that the MY 2012 Focus EV will not have a pedestrian alert system. Plug in cars have been targeted for pedestrian alert systems because without an engine they are quieter.

My experience is that unless an ICE based car is accelerating hard, most of the noise you hear is tire and wind noise. Therefore if pedestrian alerts are necessary for EVs then the reality is that are really necessary for all cars.

Also, if pedestrian alerts do become commonplace one wonders about the cacophony that would result for example on densely packed city streets.

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/...ert-noisemaker



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Old 10-18-2011, 06:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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The noisemakers will become commonplace, because it is the law. Signed on January 6 this year by Obama, S.841 "The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010" will require ALL EVs and hybrid running in EV mode to comply with a noise standard set by DOT. You will not (legally) be able to disable it (although the law does not specify penalties for violations).
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-841
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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The Electruk doth protest too much, methinks!

Noisemakers are not the law, yet, otherwise Ford, and Nissan, and Toyota, and GM vehicles that can move under battery power alone would have them.

Thanks for the link, by the way. If you follow it and read it, you will find that the law directs the DoT to figure out what the level of noise needs to be. It does not require any particular level of noise. So, maybe in a few years, there will be a sound-level requirement. Or maybe, the funding for the study will be cut so the study will never be completed. It is too soon to tell.
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So? There's no law to noisy-ize those deadly bicycles that zoom by so quietly and speedily.
I'm all for *less* noise, not more.

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Old 10-22-2011, 09:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My generation was taught in school that pedestrians should : Stop, Look, and Listen, when entering a car pathway. On this topic, that's about all I want the Gov't to do, or spend money on, or make the manufacturers spend money on.
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This has been a common issue regarding electric powered cars! There's a proposal that they wanted to have EV's sound just to make pedestrian aware that there's a passing car at their back.
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