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Electric Cars Are Quiet. Too Quiet

Nissan has worked with composers at Man Made Music to change that

By their nature, electric vehicles are quiet—and that’s a problem. If pedestrians, especially the visually impaired, can’t hear a car approaching, they don’t know to step out of its way. New federal safety regulations requiring all 2020 EV and hybrid models to make noise while driving at slow speeds should address the issue. But what should they sound like?

Nissan Motor Co., maker of the world’s best-selling EV, the Leaf, has been working

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