Hybrid car benefits are obvious and are a step in the right direction. However the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) thinks that some hybirds are too quiet. The main complaint stems from the fact that some hybrids (Prius, Camry Hybird, Lexus GS540h, etc…) turn of their engines and run on full electric mode at times.
Maryland State Senator Norman Stone is pushing for a bill which would require all vehicles (read that again ALL vehicles) sold or licensed in Maryland to have a minimum sound level at all times. Come on… for crying in the night!
I understand the issue, and I am sensitive to it… however this can’t be the only option. I like the idea of a quieter world… the last thing I want to see is manufacturers making their cars louder.
Let’s not even think about what this means for the all-electric vehicles which are becoming more prevalent.