Broken in the name of science, Nissan Leaf looks brutalNovember 18, 2019
The first generation Nissan Leaf was replaced in 2017 with an improved model that brought improvements in all directions, but DEKRA wanted to figure out how the original would work in a crash test. The German car inspection association has done more than simply repeat the crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP several years ago. They beat Nissan’s electric hatchback at much higher speeds, hence the brutal collision frames and rather dire consequences.
The main idea of the crash test was to simulate a hit on a tree at speeds exceeding the speeds used in conventional crash tests and see how emergency rescue methods could be improved to save those who were in locked cars. DEKRA teamed up with researchers at the University of Göttingen University Medical Center to determine whether electric cars are as safe as traditional cars with internal combustion engines.
While Euro NCAP crashed a hatchback with zero emissions at a speed of 50 km / h back in 2012, DEKRA crashed it on a pole at a speed of 75 km / h. It is important to note that a test organized by the European New Car Assessment Program included the use of a movable deformable barrier crashing into a stationary car, while in this new test the EV moves and collides with a pillar.
In the DEKRA report, the result is much more frightening, as the car bends almost completely. Although the footage is undoubtedly cruel, experts claim that Leaf is about as safe as a regular car, but the chances of surviving on an EV or similar car with an internal combustion engine will be small. Recall that the original Leaf seven years ago won five rating stars, receiving 89% points for protecting adult passengers and 83% for children. In this test, the Japanese manufacturer of serial electric vehicles managed to achieve at least the same level of safety that we know from ICE vehicles.
DEKRA also crashed another original Nissan Leaf, this time in a head-on collision at a speed of 84 km / h, compared to a front impact Euro Euro, which took place at a speed of 64 km / h. Fortunately, no fire was reported from the battery pack. The video below shows footage from 2012 with the Euro NCAP first-generation Leaf test. The current generation model, tested last year, is also a five-star rated car that provides 93 percent protection for an adult passenger and 86 percent for children.
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