Photo: NHTSA Video capture
Recently Also Got Top-Rating From Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)Electric vehicles, like many new technologies, have to overcome certain perception problems before becoming mainstream. Ubiquitous fast-charge stations and incrementally better batteries should take care of 'range anxiety' over time (as this Dutch team showed by driving a LEAF 780 miles in 24 hours), and crash tests of various models will show that electric cars are as safe as other vehicles (the same worry existed with hybrids like the Prius at first, but it has shown to be very safe over time - batteries can be dangerous, but so can gasoline...).
Photo: NHTSA Video captureThe Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF had previously received top ratings from the IIHS, and the Volt has now also received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA.
Safety features on the Volt include:
- GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
- Front-, side- , knee- air bags as well as roof-mounted head-curtain air bags that help protect occupants in a side or rollover crash
- Optional rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen
- Five-year subscription to OnStar's Directions and Connections Plan including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation
Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star safety ratings program that provide more comprehensive information about safety performance and crash-avoidance technologies. Changes include a new side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver's side.
See also: Chevrolet Volt & Nissan LEAF Earn Top Safety Ratings from IIHS
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