MikeB4: Yet no one has answered this which I ask in a civil manner "Can I ask why do people think it is such a bad thing that EV's are fitted with a device that will emit a low volume sound to save lives?"
I also ask you consider this in association with my comment that it is not just for crossing roads but also carparks, parks etc
I oppose any regulation that does not have a clear, scientifically or economically provable benefit that will result. Other regulations are a drag on society.
I oppose any regulation that basis for or against a particular technology. Laws should be specify outcomes not technology.
- If you want to promote Zero emission vehicles via subsidies, have a zero emission vehicle subsidy not an "Electric vehicle" subsidy, and let engineers and entrepreneurs chose the best technology to get the job done)
- If you want low speed noise makers on all quiet vehicles that can cause harm lobby for that. Don't just pick on "EV's". Hybrids, Luxury cars, bicycles, mobility scooters, cars costing with the engine off and trolley buses all meet this definition, and should be treated the same by law. However all there vehicles have been round a long time so we have had the opportunity to gather evidence, and I have yet to see anything that compels me that this is an issue worth tackling. Plus I sure don't want an allways on noisemaker on my bike...
I have no problem if a manufacture chose to included such a device, and consumers chose to buy the item. (such as the ex japan Nissan leafs), but I sure don't want availability of other EV's restricted due to the lack of an unwanted device.
Your comment on parks & carparks is a bit of a red hearing. These areas are deemed to be shared spaces, and as such pedestrian have right of way over cars. Requiring "get out of my way" hardware to warn right of way pedestrians run counter objectives of the law, and risks further lockin, that pedestrians should always give way to cars, leading to the expiation by drivers that they have right of way in area where they don't, which in turn increases risk to right of way pedestrians.