Euro NCAP Releases Results for Seven New Vehicles, Including First Test of Fully Electric Car
Euro NCAP announces the outcome of its first assessment of an electric plug-in vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. The car's creditable four star rating shows that safety does not need to be compromised in zero-emissions vehicles. The i-MiEV shares its rating with its twin models, the Citroën C-Zero and Peugeot iOn, which have the same design and safety equipment. Euro NCAP tests plug-in vehicles with live batteries exposed to the same test conditions as the other cars in the programme. Also released this month is the small off-road 4x4 Dacia Duster which underperforms the latest level of safety standards and achieves an overall rating of 3 stars. In contrast, the Mitsubishi ASX and the Nissan Juke achieved the coveted 5 star overall rating. Euro NCAP applied 5 stars to the small MPV Hyundai ix20, twin of the KIA Venga tested in 2010. Both cars have the identical safety equipments and interior fittings and are expected to perform identically. Available multimedia package includes car crash tests for all the cars tested as well as still images. For the Mitsubishi i-MiEV car crash shots and an edited package about the electric version are also included.