Submitted by jenniferlynnelefler on February 19, 2014
I am a sports car enthusiast and actually admire the Tesla models and after today, I am now a proponent of pedestrian safety with electric cars.
Today after stepping out of a Starbucks in Orinda and stopping in front of the crosswalk which had a parked Tesla next to the cross-walk, the driver (a professor) apparently didn't see me while he was parked in front of a cross-walk and after walking halfway past his car at this point, the driver pulled out quickly enough to not see me in front of his car and hit me hard enough to knock me to the ground in the crosswalk. I had no idea if his car was running or not. Thankfully I only suffered a painful knee injury, coffee and dirt stains on my clothes and an explanation to my boss why I was late and limping. It could have been much worse and thankfully it was not.
Please Tesla, a pedestrian's life should not be put at risk and be given the responsibility to know if the Tesla is running or not. We are not operating the car and we cannot hear the car when it is operating. If parking garages and equipment trucks, etc have pedestrian alerts, why shouldn't a silent electric car that cannot be heard have one??
I see this request has been a debate for years and legislation is looking to step in because manufacturers haven't yet. A person's life is more important than a car - period!