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Noise Emitter Requirement Explained
Rules and regulations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association change regularly, and even if you’re paying attention and passionate about your electric vehicle or fleets, it’s tough to keep up. Here we take a look at the NHTSA FMVSS141 standard – aka the rule regarding noise emitters – and what it may mean for you.
What’s the new rule say?
FMVSS141 is a safety standard that requires hybrid and electric vehicles to adhere to a minimum sound requirement. The vehicle will emit a specific audible alert to enhance its ability to be detected during critical operating scenarios including: stationary, reverse and constant speeds up to 18.64 mph (30 km/h).
Why was this rule created?
The purpose of this device is to provide an audible alert to aid in pedestrian awareness of a moving vehicle.
Do I have to add a noise emitter to my vehicle?
The noise emitter rule applies to new production vehicles only – so if you’re buying a new vehicle, the manufacturer will already be taking care of it for you. If you already own an LSV, you aren’t required to retrofit, but Polaris GEM is working on aftermarket kits for those who want this added safety feature and conformity of the full fleet.
When does this rule take affect?
Polaris GEM has been following this requirement and all model year ’21 vehicles will already comply with the new regulation.
How much will it cost me?
We can’t speak for every electric vehicle manufacturer, but there isn’t a price increase for Polaris GEM model year ’21 vehicles that have the noise emitter installed.