Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf Win IIHS Top Safety Pick (Video)

By on Apr 26, 2011 in Automobile, Technology Comments

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, two popular plug-in electric cars today, have been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for safety and both earned a “good’ rating for front, side, rear, and rollover crash protection. This is according to IIHS press release dated April 26, 2011 posted on its official website.

Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt Crash Test Result
Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt Crash Tests
Credit: IIHS

According to the press release, Volt and Leaf qualify as winners of Top Safety Pick, IIHS‘ award for state-of-the-art crash protection.

“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,” Joe Nolan, the Institute’s chief administrative officer, was quoted saying.

“The way an electric or hybrid model earns top crash test ratings is the same way any other car does,” Nolan reportedly said. “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.”

Below is a video from IIHS about their crash test on Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf:

First crash test ratings of electric cars
Credit: IIHS / Youtube

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