The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Chevrolet Volt its prestigious five-star crash-test rating. The Volt is the only electric vehicle to receive five stars from NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program -- although NCAP has yet to evaluate the Nissan Leaf electric car.
The Volt scored four out of five stars in frontal crash tests, and five out of five stars for side-impact and rollover testing. In the NCAP frontal test, cars are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 mph; for the side-impact test, a 3015-pound barrier is crashed into the side of the test vehicle at 38.5 mph. An additional pole-impact test simulates a tree or telephone pole impacting the driver’s door at 20 mph.
The Chevrolet Volt comes standard with electronic stability control and eight airbags. It was also rated a Top Safety Pick by the Institute for Highway Safety.