New Rule Makes Electric Cars Beep

One of the distinct benefits of electric automobiles — the quiet ride — is about to disappear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week rejected requests to reconsider new rules requiring hybrid and electric vehicles to make more noise while moving, or while stopped at traffic lights. . . The newly updated US rule mandates that half of all quiet cars manufactured after September 1, 2019 start making noise any time the vehicle transmission is not in park…