Euro NCAP reveals first five-star score for EV
In the organisation's tests, the Nissan LEAF was given an 89% adult safety rating, 83% for child safety, 41% for pedestrian safety and 97% for safety assist.
Euro NCAP highlighted the specially designed battery pack below the rear-seat compartment, which ensures 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 zero.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, said: 'The Nissan LEAF proves that EVs can be equally safe as common cars. The standard is now set for the next generation of cars on the European market.'
Euro NCAP additionally praised the C-segment Ford Focus, whic also achieved five stars.
It commented: 'The newest generation of Focus is continuing the safety record of the previous generations against tougher 2011 Euro NCAP requirements, with a noteworthy performance of 72% on pedestrian protection. New, however, are the additional active safety and driver assistance systems available on the Focus, two of which – Active City Stop and Lane Keeping Aid – are given Euro NCAP Advanced rewards for their respective safety benefits.'
Other vehicles tested include the Volvo V60 with an overall rating of five stars and a 100% maximum score for Safety Assist due to the vehicle's inclusion as standard with safety systems such as ESC, seatbelt reminder and a driver-set speed limitation device. The car also has Volvo City Safety as standard equipment, a technology recently rewarded under Euro NCAP Advanced.
Peugeot's latest D-segment sedan, the 508, and Citroen's DS4 both achieved a five-star rating.
Euro NCAP commented: 'The Peugeot 508 demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision, the Citroen DS4 being rated as marginal in this regard. In child protection, the two French cars, along with the five-star-rated Lexus CT200h, provided a means to use a rearward-facing child restraint safely in the front passenger seat while providing clear, unambiguous information to the driver about the status of the airbag. Provision for this, along with other factors, is reflected in good child protection scores particularly for the Peugeot 508.
'The cars are respectively fitted with Citroen Localized Emergency Call and Peugeot Connect SOS, two technologies rewarded by Euro NCAP Advanced. However, both PSA Peugeot Citroen vehicles still have relatively poor scores in pedestrian protection, close to the lower limit currently set by Euro NCAP for a 5 star rating.'