When reviewing electric cars we are mostly concerned about the range, recharging time and acceleration, while safety parameters are usually glossed over, even though they should be one of the major criteria when making an auto purchase.
So today we wanted to fix this mistake by reviewing safety ratings of some popular all-electric and PHEV automobiles determined by reputable research institutes and show some crash tests footage. Because, who doesn’t love watching expensive cars like Tesla Model S being destroyed to bits and pieces?
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Electric cars featured in this video:
Tesla Model S: tesla.com/models
If you are thinking about electric automobiles, undeniable the latest Tesla Model S comes to mind as the flagship of the industry. Being a four door 5+2 seater family sedan, it remains one of the fastest automobiles on the planet. Even though this auto has good and acceptable safety ratings for the situations when the accident has actually taken place, it is mostly oriented at preventing one.
Hyundai Ioniq: hyundaicanada.com/en/showroom/2017/ioniq-hybrid
Safety features of Ioniq include: autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. It is worth noting that Ioniq was awarded the Top Safety Pick Plus safety rating.
Chevrolet Bolt: chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle
As of today, Chevy Bolt EV, which in Europe is sold under the Opel brand as Ampera-e, is one of the best compact electric cars that can travel over 238 miles on one chargeю To keep you safe in case of an accident Bolt will deploy 10 airbags and protect you with its advanced high-strength steel frame. However, it will also try to prevent any unfortunate events with its OnStar® Automatic Crash Response and OnStar Advisors.
Chevrolet Volt: chevrolet.com/electric/volt-plug-in-hybrid
Chevrolet Volt comes in the body of a 5 seat liftback that uses a gasoline-hybrid powertrain, that has impressive all-electric range of 53 miles, great efficiency and impressive acceleration. The 2017 Volt received the Top Safety Pick +award from the IIHS
Volvo XC90: volvocars.com/us/cars/new-models/xc905
For the last years Volvo XC90 T8 has worthily defended its well-deserved title of the most fuel-efficient 7-seater SUV. It received the Top Safety Pick rating, due to the use of bind spot assist, pilot assist semi-autonomous features and sturdy frame.
BMW i3: bmw.com/en/all-models/bmw-i/i3/2017/bmw-i3s.html
The 2018 model year of this BMW odd ball has gone through a mild facelift. The i3 gets equipped with a 33.2 kWh allowing 125 miles of real life range. The i3 has missed the mark to receive the high rating in safety lower than required crash prevention capabilities and average crashworthiness in some points, however overall it gets good and acceptable grades.
Toyota Prius Prime: toyota.com/priusprime/
Prius Prime is a significantly upgraded version of the internationally famous hybrid hatchback by Toyota. According to the manufacturer, the 2017 model is equipped with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which positively contributed to the improvement of the gas mileage rating.
Nissan Leaf: nissanusa.com/electric-cars/leaf
Over the years Nissan Leaf has become popular among drivers for its affordability. The latest generation of the Leaf 1 currently costs $29,010, however it is reasonable to buy used models with a replaced battery for savings.
Ford Fusion Energi: www.ford.com/cars/fusion/2017/models/fusion-energi-se/
The 2017 Fusion is available with a hybrid powertrain and the pricing for this setup starts at $31,995. The auto carries an 88 kW Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor and 2.0 liter Atkinson Cycle I-4, that produces 141 horsepower and 129 pound feet of torque.
Chrysler Pacifica: www.chrysler.com/pacifica/hybrid.html
Described as America’s first-ever hybrid minivan, Chrysler Pacifica uses both a 248 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 230 pound feet of torque and an electric motor. This is the only minivan that was rated as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS in 2017.