Automakers ask for delay in rule to add sound to EVs, hybrids

Automakers ask for delay in rule to add sound to EVs, hybrids

Two groups of automakers have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to delay its rule to add sounds to hybrids and electric vehicles to warn pedestrians of their approach. NHTSA had already delayed completion of the rule until April 29, 2015, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers asked the agency to move the compliance date to September 2018, with no phase-in.

With the rule already delayed, –manufacturers will have very little time to develop and put into production compliant systems in time to meet a Sept. 1, 2018, deadline,” the groups wrote in a letter to NHTSA. The automakers noted that Denso International America Inc. had said it would need at least three years to develop pedestrian-alert systems that comply with federal requirements. NHTSA told Automotive News it would consider the automakersê comments with the others it has received.

NHTSA has estimated that complying with the rule would cost automakers about $23 million, and putting a speaker system in each car would cost about $35. Automakers have said the cost could be much higher.

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