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Though a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test involving a Chevy Volt has recently raised concerns over the safety of battery-powered vehicles during a collision, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released data that passengers in green cars actually sustain fewer injuries during wrecks, Consumer Reports reported. The report notes that there is a 25% lower chance of being injured when driving an EV or hybrid involved in an accident than one with a standard ICE drivetrain. The reason? Hybrids, with their bulky battery packs, are 10% heavier than conventional cars and thus more advantaged in a crash, said Matt Moore, vice president for IIHS's Highway Loss Data Institute, according to Consumer Reports.

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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      ogelbiz
      • 3 Years Ago
      To fix the pedestrian problem, maybe we could put playing cards in the spokes of our wheels like we did on our bicycles when we were kids.
      MIchigan Man
      • 3 Years Ago
      The primary concern that pro-electric cars NEVER mention is the fact something is required to produce the electricity. In most cases coal is used to generate electricity. How does this affect the environment? People know the answer, but if that aspect is mentioned, the warm, fuzzy feeling about "green" is dimished. Why not use natural gas? It is plentiful, will reduce the dependency on middle-east oil, and the conversion in automobiles is relatively simple and inexpensive compared to the hybrids. Also, the battery disposal is eliminated. Battery disposal is another aspect that is not discussed. Is there a hidden agenda by the "green" proponents? Most likely, many see this as a big money maker without a REAL improvement in pollution.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my Honda Insight (hybrid). Had it over 3 years. Haven't had any problems at all and get a minimum of 44-49. mpg
        terri
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have a 2000 Insight and still getting 40-50 mpg. The battery pack is the killer if not under warranty $5000. The prius is about the same. I still love driving it, my friends call it the silver bullet.. I've checked around and it has held on the 50% of it's value after 12 years.
      tricdicky1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyrid's use less gas.. less tanker trucks, if they hit you look out!! What's the problem??? You can keep going on what is safer, less oil reggs and so on. ;))
        mhdjl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tricdicky1
        Hybrids use less gas? Really? Last year, we rented a Nissan Altima hybrid in California. We had to keep adding gas to it. If it was a totally gas engine, it would have gotten around 10 mpg.
      Boatweasil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont understand why they dont put a charger from the rolling of each wheel so this way it is less useage of the gas engine as much and when in the city where people are walking then there should be a beeping sound in areas of alot of foot traffic so they can hear this type of auto near them. Problem Solved
        trslynx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Boatweasil
        Remember they used to require a man on foot running ahead of Auto Mobiles to warn people they were approaching. We could return to this. Every car with a 107 decibel beeper on it, (that is what would be required)? Get serious!
      alfredschrader
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, look for the graviton matrix materials. The market for graviton matrix materials exceeds 100 billion dollars US. If your car was made entirely of this it would weigh about 196 pounds. I'm the only one that has the graviton matrix.....Alfred-
      rfnotjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now somebody will do a study proving that, since hybrids are heavier, they'll do more damage to whatever they hit.
      Gumby
      • 3 Years Ago
      We got wrong kinds of hybrids.... The best kind of hybrid to be invented is by elimiunating first and second gears and replace with electric motor for first and second gear only. The gas engine just charges battery then take over at third gear and higher. You will be amazed to drive such thingy, d ude!
      bobjimflys
      • 3 Years Ago
      A lot of pedestrians do not even look when they cross the street. I know that I always look at least both ways, and then look other places too. A car will win the battle if we collide. Plus a lot of pedestrians have ear bugs in and are listening to music. So it would not matter if it was the car was quiet or not. The Volt is not doing very well, and projections for production have been revised down. For myself to buy one instead of driving my 1983 S10 pickup, it would take 24 years to amortize. Those calculations did not include the higher insurance rates, or the final disposition of the dead volt battery. The temperature in AK can steal power from a battery too, so I am not sure they would do as good at 60 degrees latitude.
      fstarr56
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unless you get hit by a suburban, then your dead.
      Gumby
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius has only 5 mile range battery pack while Volt must have 40 mile battery pack..Why? Prius wins.! We cannot mine all the lithium needed to put in Volts!! This is nuts!
      lulu0510
      • 3 Years Ago
      How are used or damaged batteries disposed of.? Do we have another environmental problem here?
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