The Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric vehicle to be awarded five stars from Euro NCAP. The Nissan LEAF earned an 89% rating for adult safety, an 83% rating for child protection and an 84% rating for its on-board safety assist systems, which include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a speed limiter as standard. The compact family hatchback also earned a higher-than-average 65% score for pedestrian safety, thanks in part to the low nose design and the comparative lack of ‘hard points’ under the bonnet.
The Nissan LEAF was recently named 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Motor Show. The LEAF has been designed from the start to be a purely electric-powered model and in this sense it is truly revolutionary, marking a turning point for the car industry.
The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90kW. The car has a range of more than 100 miles. The Nissan LEAF is fully equipped with features such as regenerative braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General said “the Nissan LEAF proves that EVs can achieve the same safety levels as traditional cars. The standard is now set for the next generation of such cars on the European market.”
By Geraldine Ashton Green
Thu, 26 May 2011