The Nissan Leaf has achieved the first five-star overall rating for a fully electric vehicle (EV) in European crash tests, repeating its performancein US equivalents.
In the NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) tests, the Leaf earned an 89 per cent rating for adult safety, an 83 per cent rating for child protection, and an 84 per cent rating for the efficacy of its on-board safety systems.
The car also includes electronic stability control, front and side airbags and ABS.
‘The Nissan LEAF proves that EVs can be equally safe as common cars,” commented Euro NCAP’s Michiel van Ratingen. “The standard is now set for the next generation of cars on the European market.”
The LEAF has a specially designed battery pack below the rear-seat compartment, making sure that not only occupants are well protected in a crash, but also that the risks of battery damage or high voltage leaking are reduced to almost zero.
Other cars that made the five-star grade in this latest round of testing include the Volvo V60, the SA-bound new Ford Focus, Peugeot 508 and Citroen DS4 as well as the Lexus CT 200h.