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.
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