December 26, 2010

Green Thinking

First Volts and Leafs delivered; Hybrids too quiet to be safe?


The first Chevy Volt sits at the Gearhart Chevrolet showroom in New Jersey. (John Bell / The Associated Press)

Deliveries begin
The first hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt and all-electric Nissan Leaf vehicles were delivered to their owners last week. Olivier Chalouhi, a San Francisco Bay Area resident, was the first person in the U.S. to place a Leaf order. The first Volt went to Jeffrey Kaffee, of Parsippany, N.J., a retired airline pilot.


(The Associated Press)

Too quiet
Auto safety regulators would have to set minimum sound levels for hybrid and electric vehicles under a bill approved last week by the House. Blind pedestrians say the quietness of hybrids can pose risks for them. The Senate approved its version a week earlier, and the measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

-- The Associated Press


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