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Regular news: Issue 576 29 Jul 2011

Electric vehicles ‘a safety hazard at low speeds’

Road Safety

The lack of noise emitted by electric and hybrid vehicles presents a road safety risk for visually impaired pedestrians at very low speeds, researchers have told the DfT.

TRL compared the noise levels of four internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and four electric/hybrid electric (E/HE) vehicles under different operating conditions.

When travelling at speeds of 7-8 km/h the electric/hybrid electric vehicles were, on average, 1 dB(A) quieter. But at the higher speeds tested (20km/h and...

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