2 Electric Cars Earn Top Safety Ratings in Crash Tests


The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf recently earned top safety ratings in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It was the first time electric cars have been tested by an insurer-funded research group.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, both vehicles earned top safety ratings for front, side, and rear-impact crashes as well as for rollover crash protection. While both vehicles are considered small cars, they contain heavy battery packs which make their weight more closely resemble that of midsize cars or sedans. This helps protect drivers and passengers in the event of a car accident.

Joe Nolan, the institute’s chief administrative officer, explains, “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.” The Nissan Leaf is operated entirely by battery power and can run for approximately 100 miles before needing a recharge. The Chevy Volt is a hybrid vehicle and can run for approximately 40 miles before the gas engine takes over.