Maybe this will calm some of the "plug-in cars are scary!" fears that are out there. Recently, a Nissan Leaf driver rear-ended a school bus in Oregon, causing minor injuries but no fire, the Yamhill Valley News-Register reported.

The Leaf's front and side airbags deployed during the accident, which occurred in Gaston, about 30 miles southwest of Portland, the newspaper said, citing Oregon State Police. The bus, which was stopped at the time, contained only the driver, and no children. The Leaf driver suffered minor injuries, was treated at the scene and was cited for careless driving, the newspaper reports.

With sales of electric-drive vehicles such as the Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in expected to surge over the next few years, some have expressed concern over potential safety issues involving the cars. While each case is different, this minor story proves that an EV can be just as safe as a gasoline car – sometimes safer.

Last week, Chevy parent General Motors launched an advertising campaign touting the safety of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle just as its CEO testified to Congress that a recent Volt fire that took place after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test would never occur under real-world circumstances. NHTSA said earlier this month that it finished its a two-month investigation into the crash test that resulted in a fire three weeks after the fact last summer, and concluded that neither the Volt nor other electric vehicles pose more of a fire risk than conventional vehicles.


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      Ele Truk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Exactly, when the first Tesla Roadsters were out, we saw reports when they were in accidents.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone needs to smile a little. I think the author was being funny with the headline. Sorta like: 'Republican passes through town. No children Starve.' 'Catholic Priest walks past playground. No children molested.' 'Woman eats at Subway. Doesn't lose weight.' 'Democrat signs appropriations bill. Country not socialist. I lol'd when I read it. An obvious bit of humor mixed with a fun dig at the anti EV hysterical types.
        Jon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        This one could have been worded better. "Nissan Leaf rear-ends school bus in Oregon; Raging inferno absent."
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Goes to show how *sensitive* the BEV community is, I guess. (It was a joke, people)
          Tagbert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          After all of the misinformation, exaggerations and lies about BEVs (and Volts in particular), are you surprised that some people are a little *sensitive*?
          RC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          A bad joke.
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      in other news... Chevy Volt gets plugged in...blows up
        JP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JonathanBond
        Never happened, stupid comment.
      Paul Burr
      • 2 Years Ago
      One Volt catches fire a 3 weeks after it's crash tested and Congress goes all Chicken Little. "The electric cars are burning!!!" I'd like to know how many gasoline power cars caught fire in the past week. Congress' isn't interested in that one.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Burr
        Congress is going crazy so that they can use EV's as a talking point to attack the current administration. "You gave money to a company whose cars catch on fire!" Reread the article where Issa attacked the NHTSA for not calling the Volt a death trap. He did everything he could to turn the incident into something bigger than it is so it can be used in the upcoming election. It will still be used anyway, however.
        MarcCBR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul Burr
        Completly agree. Congress needs to ban gas vehicles since they catch fire all the time.
          Ele Truk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MarcCBR
          Get this. I went to Bing, typed in "number of gas vehicle fires" and what did I get? All articles about the GM Volt fires. What the hell? Even the search engines are biased against EVs?
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if Nissan will buy the wreck (i'm assuming it is totaled) and tear it apart to see the results. I would if I were them real world accidents are far more informative than controlled accidents.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since part of my job involves school buses, I feel that the driver should have gotten more than a citation for careless driving. He should have been locked up, period. Doesn't matter if the bus had no children on board, he should have respected it as it was loaded. What could have been distracting him so much that he didn't see it? I know I'll be crucified for saying this, but right now I don't care. Electric car or not, He should have known better. Perhaps he should have lost his license for at least three months so he'll enough time to realize he be more responsible. Better yet, he should ride along on a bus for a few days to understand what the bus drivers have to put with form some of these road clowns.
        JP
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @imoore
        Yes you should be crucified for such nonsense. It was an accident, **** happens, you can't make the world a giant safe pillow. From the looks of it even if kids were on board they would not have been injured anyway. I'd say that crash, totaled vehicle, the ticket, and subsequent higher insurance rates for years, will all be plenty to remind the driver to keep their eyes pointed forward. You start locking up everyone that has an accident and you'll have overflowing prisons, and real criminals being set free to make room.
          imoore
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @JP
          " From the looks of it even if kids were on board they would not have been injured anyway." In 1971 I was on a school bus when it was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light. I was near the front so I wasn't hurt, but four kids at the rear were shook up and were taken to the hospital. Just like this incident, you couldn't see any visible damages, but everybody felt the impact. Four years ago in my same city, someone talking on their cellphone while driving didn't watch where she was going and rear-ended a school bus that had just stopped, sending several children to the hospital for treatment. She tried to blame the bus driver, but she was found guilty and lost her license. If you have never witnessed these types of situations like I have, much less been involved in one, then you have no idea of what you're talking about. Try saying that same statement to a child involved in a bus accident caused by some irresponsible driver or even the child' parents and then tell us what their response to you is.
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      HEY NISSAN!!!!! HERES YOUR SALES PITCH!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a ridiculous story. "Fenderbender in Toyota did not result in exploding gas tank."
      Mark Schaffer
      • 2 Years Ago
      And none of that matters as much as where your cognition was directed. No one should be using a cell phone on the road period.
      grantisgr8
      • 2 Years Ago
      This "minor story" doesn't prove anything. In fact, saying "hey, it didn't catch fire during a minor collision!" will only make people think that there is something seriously wrong with EVs if this is news.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I lol'd at the headline. A rare 'atta boy' to ABG.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      a veritable inferno
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