By 2020, all new electric vehicles must emit an external noise to alert pedestrians of their presence under 19 mph.

By 2020, all new electric vehicles must emit an external noise to alert pedestrians of their presence under 19 mph, by Clifford Atiyeh.

A new ruling mandates that, by 2019, electric and hybrid cars must emit artificial sounds so pedestrians, cyclists, and the blind can better detect these ultraquiet machines. …

The [US] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the added noise will prevent 2400 pedestrian injuries each year after September 1, 2020, when every new hybrid and EV must be equipped to make sounds. …

Want more logic? Gasoline and diesel vehicles with auto stop/start systems aren’t required to make extra sounds while stationary, while EVs and hybrids must.