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Leaf, Volt Earn Top Crash Ratings

IIHS announces results of first-ever mainstream battery-car crash tests.

by on Apr.26, 2011

The new Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt battery cars earn IIHS Top Safety Pick endorsements.

A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety should calm those concerned about the safety of the new battery car technology.  After a series of crash tests, the IIHS has awarded the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt its highest safety ratings

The trade group says the results – which came from the first test of mainstream battery-powered vehicles – shows that the industry is putting the same focus on safety engineering for the new vehicles that is going into today’s more conventional vehicles.

Volt and Leaf not earned the institute’s top, “Good” rating in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection, but were named IIHS “Top Safety Picks.”

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“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,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS chief administrative officer.

The IIHS results add to the series of awards garnered by the Chevy and Nissan battery cars since their introduction in December.  Just last week, Leaf was named World Car of the Year by a panel of 66 automotive journalists from around the world.  Volt took honors as World Green Car, and was named North American Car of the Year by U.S. and Canadian journalists in January.