Nissan Leaf Becomes First Fully Electric Vehicle to Earn Five-Star Crash Test Rating

By Sam Grossman | July 26, 2011
The Nissan Leaf became the first 100-percent electric vehicle to earn a five-star rating from the National Highway Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Getting five stars became more difficult this year when the NHTSA made the tests and requirements tougher. Combined with earning a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Nissan Leaf is racking up an impressive safety record. "The Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve five-stars overall for safety," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "Not only is the Leaf the most innovative car on the planet, it is also one of the safest." The Leaf's standard safety equipment includes front, seat-mounted side, and ceiling-mounted curtain airbags, which along with standard stability control help its safety scores. But while the Leaf received a five-star overall safety rating, its biggest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, actually did slightly better when you look at the individual crash test ratings. For example, while the Leaf received four-star ratings for front and rollover, the Volt got five stars in rollover.
Source: Nissan