Side-on and head-on collisions with post
High Safety Level of Series-Produced Electric Cars Confirmed in DEKRA Crash Tests
The high level of safety offered by series-production electric vehicles was confirmed in crash tests recently conducted by expert organization DEKRA. As part of a joint research project conducted by DEKRA Accident Research and traffic accident researchers at the University Medical Faculty in Göttingen, a Renault Zoe and three Nissan Leaf vehicles underwent crash testing at the DEKRA Crash Test Center in Neumünster. The tests, which involved deliberately crashing the cars into a post, were designed to simulate a range of scenarios involving collisions with a tree. The tests were conducted at speeds far greater than those normally applied in standard crash tests. The accident researchers concluded that, in terms of safety, the electric vehicles they tested equal conventionally powered vehicles.
- High-voltage systems reliably shut down in the event of an accident
- Patterns of damage comparable to conventionally powered vehicles
- No fire despite severely deformed drive battery
The goal of the research project is to optimize the process of rescuing occupants from cars involved in accidents. So the crash tests were followed by a series of experiments to determine the most effective methods and tools that the rescue services can deploy to free occupants from cars.