Hybrid Cars Are Safer In A Crash, Study Shows
In the aftermath of the Chevy Volt fire at the NHTSA test facility earlier this May, the governmental organization has pushed for EV-specific safety measures, including battery drainage following a collision. Many have speculated about the relative safety of EVs, and this new IIHS makes at least some headway toward eradicating a perceived negative bias against green car reliability.
But, it might not be all hunky-dory for EVs. Hybrid-electric drivers have a 20% greater chance of colliding with pedestrians. The whisper quiet hush of a battery-powered car prevents those crossing the street from being aware of a green vehicle's proximity--accustomed as people are to the rev of an engine.
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