Among the many things going on at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during the course of a year, there is the very messy task of crashing car after car after car.
Dirty as the job can be, it offers invaluable data to the agency that then delivers vital data to consumers about how each car performs during a collision. This year, NHTSA will crash test 54 cars which covers 85 percent of all new vehicles that will be sold next year.
Among them, there will be a host of alternative fuel vehicles like the Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf and several others. Given how concerns over the Chevrolet Volt’s post-crash spontaneous combustion stirred media earlier this year, there could be some real fireworks on the way.