Alliance Statement On EV Minimum Sound Standard


The Alliance worked closely with the National Federation of the Blind to support the Congressional legislation that directed NHTSA to develop this standard.

We’re still reviewing this final rule, however we already know that it’s important that automakers have the flexibility to equip vehicles with sounds that are sufficiently detectable yet pleasant to hear; consumer acceptance is critical and that hinges on sounds not annoying people inside the auto. Additionally, just as current conventionally-powered vehicles sound differently than one another, it’s critical that the noise requirements for their electrically powered counterparts are not so rigid they require a single sound signature.

The Alliance continues working with the NFB, and other stakeholders on the development of a Global Technical Regulation (GTR) for sound for hybrid and electric vehicles in accordance to the United Nations Working Party (WP) 29 “98 Agreement”.