Chevrolet Volt & Nissan LEAF Earn Top Safety Ratings from IIHS

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Two Very Safe Electric Cars

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted its first-ever crash test of plug-in electric cars with the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan LEAF getting slammed for a good cause. The results were quite promising: "The Volt and Leaf earn the top rating of good for front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection. With standard electronic stability control, they qualify as winners of TOP SAFETY PICK, the Institute's award for state-of-the-art crash protection."

"The way an electric or hybrid model earns top crash test ratings is the same way any other car does," Nolan says. "Its structure must manage crash damage so the occupant compartment stays intact and the safety belts and airbags keep people from hitting hard surfaces in and out of the vehicle."

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"What powers the wheels is different, but the level of safety for the Volt and Leaf is as high as any of our other top crash test performers," says Joe Nolan, the Institute's chief administrative officer.

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One of the things that helps the Volt and LEAF perform well in these tests is that, while their size is small, their weight is closer to the average weight of a mid-sized car because of the battery packs.

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