The Chevrolet Volt is the first electric vehicle to receive a five-star overall vehicle score under the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. In addition, the Volt is also a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“Safety is a key consideration for all buyers no matter how a car is powered – gas, or in the case of the Volt, electricity,” said Doug Parks, Volt global vehicle line executive.
The stricter assessment includes a new side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or three at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the drivers side.
Safety features on the Chevy Volt include an electronic stability control system as well as front, side and knee airbags coupled with roof-mounted, head-curtain airbags protecting occupants in case of a rollover.
The Volt is capable of driving the first 35 miles tailpipe emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the battery runs low, the gas engine/generator effortlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank, totaling 379 miles for total driving range.