Friday, August 22, 2008

California: Hybrid and Electric Cars are Too Quiet

Hat tip: Autobloggreen

Now Ah-nuld gets to decide, and Maryland is studying the issue as well. Peas in a pod?

Electric cars and gas-electric hybrids are so quiet that they present a safety hazard for the visually-impaired. In response, the California legislature has passed a law requiring a minimum noise level. Cars have come a long way, haven’t they?

Is this a case of lawmakers run amok? Or is this the result of technology that various governments have pushed for really hard without considering all the drawbacks?

Once again, the superiority of the diesel engine is demonstrated, right? ;)