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Electric cars may be too quiet for the safety minded

Electric cars may be too quiet for the safety minded

The Washington Post is reporting that a group of engineers at Nissan are trying to figure out how to add a little toot or whistle to the soon-to-come electric Leaf. The car is too quiet, they say. It could pose safety problems.

It's ironic considering that for years, engineers tried to make car less noisy. If you're on the street and an electric hybrid like the Toyota Prius comes by running on its battery, you can't hear a peep.

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Tesla has already said it will not add noise to its electric Roadster. No word from the other car electric makers.

Congress is considering legislation to set some kind of safety standard since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the electric cars are 50 percent more likely to be involved in accident with a pedestrian. The Post says there's little actual evidence because there aren't that many electric cars on the road.

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So, do we need the noise? Would you prefer the quiet?

Associated Press photo of the Leaf

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