Curious as to how well the miniscule Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle fares in a collision? We’ve yet to see any outcome of the U.S.-spec car’s testing, but the European model did recently undergo collision testing in Europe. How did the little electric egg fare? Check out the video for yourself.
Fairly well, it seems. In fact, the i-Miev managed to score a four-star overall rating from the Euro NCAP testing. The EV earned fair marks for adult and child occupant protection, although its marks for pedestrian safety suffer as a part of a result of an extremely short (almost nonexistent) hood.
Although the passenger structure appears to remain fairly intact after a front impact test at 40 mph (slightly higher than what the NHTSA requires), Euro NCAP does note the I’s footwell was heavily distorted following the collision. The i did lose some marks during side impact testing -- although side curtain airbags helped the car attain marginal torso protection ratings, the driver’s door did open slightly during a 29-mph-impact. It was noted however, that no problems were experienced with the high-voltage driveline during testing, and that the battery remained properly isolated from the body and wasn’t damaged during the collisions.
What does this mean for the U.S.-spec I by MiEV? That remains to be seen, as the car -- modified slightly for U.S. consumption -- has yet to be tested by the NHTSA or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Until then, you can pore over the Euro NCAP scores if you’d like, or -- better yet -- grab a tub of popcorn and watch the i-MiEV being put through its paces.
Source: Euro NCAP