2011 Nissan LEAF gets NHTSA’s 5-star NCAP safety rating

2011 Nissan LEAF IIHS Crash Test

The all-electric 2011 Nissan LEAF has been given a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). That makes the LEAF the first fully-electric vehicle to earn the 5-star rating from NHTSA.

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and requirements in order to earn 5-star ratings, including roll-over testing.

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“The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric vehicle to achieve 5-star overall for safety,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “Not only is the LEAF the most innovative car on the planet, it is also one of the safest.”

The LEAF was previously awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick rating.

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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start at $35,200.

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