The Information Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) incorporated plug-in electic cars in their crash-test evaluations for the very first time this year with excellent results.
In fact, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt received the rating of "Good" (the highest safety rating category) for frontal, rear, side and rollover crash protection. Moreover, both the Volt and the Volt also achieved "Standard" rating for electronic stability control (ESC) which was still acceptable, allowing both electric/hybrid vehicles inclusion among the IIHS Top Safety Picks List for 2011.
The test results clearly showed that the automakers' safety engineering being utilized in their electric cars compares favorably to that being used in their more traditional vehicle powered by internal combusion engines.
The 2011 Top Safety Picks for all sizes of cars, vans and SUVs has been published by the IIHS, and it recognizes 38 cars, 25 SUVs and one minivan, in addition to the new category of Hybrid vehicles. When comparing this 2011 list to that of 2010, you will find more than twice the number of vehicles that merited the 2011 Top Safety Pick status.
If you are considering the purchase of a new vehicle -- whether a traditional model or one of the new hybrid or electric models, you would benefit from first checking out the crash test results.
It could also be worthwhile to check with your insurance agent to discuss the rates available for the vehicle of your choice before you sign the purchase agreement. Here at Henry A. Latimer & Son, Inc., our experienced agents would be glad to discuss your insurance needs at your convenience.