The Euro NCAP just tested a recent batch of new cars including the 2014 BMW i3, and the EV Bimmer scored less-than-perfect results. Though not horrible, BMW's all-electric/range-extended i3 was given a four-star (out of five possible) crash rating due to concerns with front-occupant whiplash and side-impact protection.

Based on the crash results, the BMW provided suitable protection for occupants in the frontal, side barrier, pedestrian and child-seat tests, but the i3 was tripped up when it came to the more severe side pole test and the rear-impact test. The pole test showed protection to the chest of the test dummy was "weak," and the front seats only provided "marginal" protection against whiplash for front passengers. Scroll down to watch two videos released by the Euro NCAP of the i3 being tested.




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      offib
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not exactly, the i3 received 4 out of 5 stars because it mainly performed poorly in Safety Assist, cropping up 55% compared to the average of 80 - 90%. Adult and child occupant safety is 86% and 81%, much similar to a Nissan Leaf's. insideevs.com/bmw-i3-scores-only-4-stars-in-euro-ncap-crash-tests/
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @offib
        Looks like it's mostly on speed assist that the car didn't do well. It's quite possible that other cars in that list were tested before the speed assist functionality was a criteria.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish it had scored better, but it still seems like a safe car...
        danwat1234
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jeff
        Yeah the structure held up really well. Very interested in NHTSA and IIHS test results and EPA MPGe
      Rollk
      • 1 Year Ago
      You think with a carbon fiber structure it wouldn't be that difficult...
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      that CFRP chassis looks untouched. Car should be able to be salvaged.
      Nick Kordich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Illustration of how the side pole intrusion test is supposed to go: http://paultan.org/2013/08/05/bmw-i3-ev/bmw-i3-battery-impact/ Note the i3 has a large, flat battery similar to the Model S, which did very well on the US test. I don't know if there are differences between the US and European pole tests, but there's a major difference in the cars with regards to the B-pillar: on the Model S, the B-pillar is one of the few areas of the body where Tesla forgoes aluminum in favor of steel, while on the i3, BMW went with a pillarless hardtop. Pillarless designs with coach doors are not uncommon among concept cars, but you rarely see them make it out to the road because they don't do as well on safety tests. The carbon fiber shell does provide a strong structure for the weight, but it's obviously never going to be as strong as the same vehicle with a pillar connecting the floor and roof.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great Crash Porn.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW needs to get to work on the rigidity of those seats. The things swing all over the place.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      POS
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        Well at least you admit that you are a troll as part of you name.... That is handy...
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The side pole doesn't make any sense,can anyone recall when a tree or power pole slammed into the side of a car?
        LiveandLetDrive
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        Lady lost control passing in front of my house when I lived in Charlotte. Put two wheels off, hit the brakes, rotated, and went sideways into a telephone pole. Broke the pole and her femur.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LiveandLetDrive
          So, this is an important test for bad drivers, and sports cars.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spark EV for green motoring
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oops. The doors flew open, not safe at all. A newly designed car should be designed to ace all tests at the present time, like the Model S. Obviously a fail on BMW. Hopefully they can put some fixes in place, but it will be hard to work around the pillar less design.
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