• Jun 3, 2011
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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has earned "good" marks in crash tests before, and new tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program prove that the earlier results were not a fluke. The Volt scored a five-star overall safety rating, which is the highest-possible score in NHTSA's new and more strict safety tests for 2011 model year vehicles.

General Motors says that a comprehensive system of safety features – specifically the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system and a bunch of air bags – helped the Volt become the first electric vehicle to get five stars.

The "first" part might be simply because NHTSA has not yet tested a Nissan Leaf. The agency will soon smash and bash the electric machine from Japan, and we expect the all-electric hatch will match GM's plug-in hybrid for safety – as it has before. Until then, we can view with fascination the Chevy Volt crash videos after the jump.







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2011 Chevrolet Volt Earns Five-Star Overall Safety Rating
First electric vehicle to receive highest-possible score in new, stricter safety testing

2011-06-03

DETROIT – The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is the first electric vehicle to earn a five-star overall vehicle score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.

"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 Volt also has been named a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank for a total driving range of 379 miles.

Safety features on the Volt include:

GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
Front-, side- , knee- air bags as well as roof-mounted head-curtain air bags that help protect occupants in a side or rollover crash
Optional rearview camera system featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen
Five-year subscription to OnStar's Directions and Connections Plan including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and more rigorous requirements for its five-star safety ratings program that provide more comprehensive information about safety performance and crash-avoidance technologies. Changes include a new side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver's side.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 120 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com


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      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see the GAS TANK stayed intact on this "electric" vehicle from GM.
        Sabyrne88
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        Yea, you get negative marks because A. We know it has a gas tank B. You used caps, people hate caps C. You use quotation marks, people hate quotation marks. Mostly A though, everyone (mostly everyone) on this blog knows how the Volt works and many people are tired of the same comments about how the "VOTL SUCKSSSS!!1!" becuase it has a gas tank... Mercedes and other Germans call there SEDANS "four-door coupes," so it happens... deal with it... or get negative marks.
        carboy55
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        So I get negative marks for stating the obvious... the Volt is a gas engined car with and electric motor. It's a HYBRID. The GM suckups don't want to hear that, I guess. And then there's dum dum with the Mr. Bean question that makes no sense. It must be the putrid summer air in Detroit, lol.
          rlog100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          Hey there's a customer hanging around that Leaf, better see to it. Oh wait, its just a Leaf buyer that got stranded because the Leaf's computer calculated 'miles remaining' wrong, and now he's waiting for a tow truck.
          themanwithsauce
          • 3 Years Ago
          @carboy55
          @ carboy55 So you would refuse to plug it in then and use it as intended? you would ONLY use gas while it is in operation? I get negative marks from idiots like you who can't accept that while the leaf is a great secondary car, the fact is that the volt is actually an electric car when the batteries have charge. THe gas engine does not have to kick on until the batteries are out of power. Thus the volt is an electric car that reverts to being a normal hybrid when normally you would be waiting for the tow truck that nissan helpfully provides for you. The remark you made about the Mr. Bean comment tells me you're probably too young to understand what that character is and what he represents which also means you probably still have ferrari posters above your bed. It was actually a very witty remark but then again for someone like you I'm not surprised you didn't get it.
        Nick Allain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carboy55
        How's your GeeWiz-electric, Mr Bean?
      chi-town-andy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Um, "electric car" you say? Journalists keep calling the Volt an electric car, but is has a gas tank (in which to store gasoline) and a tailpipe (where emissions from said gasoline are expelled). I'm so confused.....
        Apeweek
        • 3 Years Ago
        @chi-town-andy
        And your car is confusingly called "gasoline powered", yet huge amounts of electricity is used to refine the gasoline that goes into it. GM calls it an EV because that is principally how buyers want to use it. If your daily commute and shopping trips are inside the electric range of the Volt, it's gas engine may rarely, if ever, turn on. But it's a nice lifeboat to have. The actual technical term for it is a "series hybrid".
      aa
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is not an electric vehicle...
        Apeweek
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aa
        It is a series hybrid. This differs from a parallel hybrid like the Prius, in that the Volt is a pure electric vehicle for the first 30 to 50 miles, running from grid electricity. Then a gas engine runs a generator to charge the battery. GM prefers to call it an EV in order to differentiate it from Prius-type vehicles, which derive all their energy from gasoline. I could make a case that all vehicles are hybrids. Large amounts of electricity are used to refine the gasoline you put into your car. In the end, it is all semantics, and pretty pointless to argue about.
      iwkjp1
      • 3 Years Ago
      More practical vehicle than Nissan Leaf.
      sp33dklz
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's good to know the 8 people who own a volt will be safe.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      jajaja AGAIN ...THIS IS AN HIBRYD if you like it or not.
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