Clearly the populace is too dumb to make allowances when their EV (or hybrid running on the electric motor) is silent and thus pedestrians might not hear you coming, so in the future such vehicles will now have noise-adding “features” thanks to our over-protective nannies in Congress. Ptui.
I’ve driven a Prius since October 2000 and figured this out in about the first 15 minutes and have never had a problem with pedestrians not hearing me approaching. I simply assume that they can’t.
Hey, I’ve got an idea. Let’s lower the speed limit on Interstates to 15 mph. That would save so many lives. And then mandate that electric vehicles must have people-sensing radar and sound a loud siren when a pedestrian is 100 feet away. That will certainly save even more lives. Because clearly the populace is too ignorant to understand these complicated issues without out-of-touch urban technocrats in DC telling them what’s good for them.