Nissan Leaf becomes the first EV to receive a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating

Nissan Leaf becomes the first EV to receive a 5-Star Euro NCAP rating

Euro NCAP is the European equivalent of the American IIHS and awarded the Mitsubishi i-MiEV with a four-star rating. The Nissan Leaf, the second-electric model, has recently been crash tested, obtaining a five-star rating. Thus, the Japanese hatchback became the first electric vehicle rated so. As compared to the 2011 European and World Car of the Year, the Nissan Leaf earned a score of 65 percent for pedestrian safety, while the Car of the Year obtained 89 percent rating for adult safety, 83 percent for child protection and 84 percent for its on-board assist systems, which integrate a speed limiter as standard as well as the Electronic Stability Control. The safety measures of the electrical system were tested with the help of the vehicle's battery system which was switched during the crash simulations. The electrical system also incorporates automatic cut-off isolation in case an accident would be iminent. According to Nissan's reports, the system worked flawlessly and the batteries, which were housed in a compartment underneath the floor, could not be affected by the impacts. Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen stated that the Nissan Leaf proved that EVs could achieve the same safety levels as traditional cars and the standard was set for the next generation of such cars on the European market.
Take a look at the videos below to see how Nissan managed at the crash tests.


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