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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai’s sleek Sonata Hybrid model was supposed to begin reaching buyers late last year, but a last-minute modification prevented that from happening. The car had an on/off switch to disable the synthetic engine audio that would be engaged whenever the hybrid was being driven on electric mode, but a regulation changed that.

The Korean automaker had to do a last-minute change and deleted the switchgear because of a bill passed by the U.S. Congress that made irrefutable noise-making devices mandatory for EVs and hybrids. According to Automotive News, at the moment the ball is in NHTSA’s court and they plan to set a proper timetable in the next 36 months.

Although the law banning the EV noise on/off switch will most likely stop car manufacturers from installing the switch in the future, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should act quickly in coming up with a date. This move would help car companies to know what they are and aren’t allowed to do, thus preventing more shipment delays in the future.

Source: Automotive News via Autoblog


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