The electric vehicle charging network is growing and there are now over 9000 public charging stations nationwide.
One of the key safety issues for electric cars is their lack of sound at low speed and the risk this causes for vulnerable road users. US research estimates that electric cars are twice as likely to be involved in a pedestrian collision as regular cars. The problem of vulnerable roads users not being aware of approaching vehicles is real and one that can only increase.
The European Parliament adopted an amendment on February 6 2013 for compulsory acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS) in quiet vehicles to protect vulnerable road users. Ultimately legislation on car design standards must be agreed at a European level.