One of the main safety concerns to other people where electric cars are to drive has been the noise that a car makes. It's always been an immediate concern of mine. The populace may come to get used to them, but old habits die hard. Some petroleum cars already are too quiet and as a pedestrian and cyclist I've had incidents with them, but training to look around means that I don't cause those incidents (being side swiped by a passing quiet car that seemed to come out of nowhere is quite shocking!) But it looks like the EU, or at least the news sites, are finally bringing the matter up for the public. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7115259.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797084 It's just a wait now to see what a load of bureaucrats are going to decide is the noise to pick!