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Electric Car Crash Tests Aim to Reassure Buyers

Volvo, Mitsubishi and Gordon Murray release crash test data to prove safety of their designs and battery packs.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

Range is one of those recurring talking points with electric cars, used by EV critics whenever they want a cheap shot. Keen to make sure safety doesn't become another, the manufacturers are fighting back by proving their electric cars can be just as safe as their gasoline counterparts.

Mitsubishi are the latest automaker to release details of their model being crash tested. A European-spec "i", still known as the i-MiEV in Europe, has been tested by the Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC), Germany and Europe's largest automobile club. ADAC are often responsible for some of the earliest crash test results, and often cover models not tested by the more well-known Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

The ADAC has scored the i-MiEV highly, noting that as soon as the car had recognised an impact, the high-voltage elements of the powertrain were immediately shut off and the 88-cell lithium-ion battery remained undamaged.

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