Euro NCAP Crash-Test The First Electric Vehicle
Euro NCAP have just added another first to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s achievements, crash testing the first electric car and moreover rating it an exemplary 4 star.
Whilst the technology behind the i-MiEV is ambitious its saftey is now assured. Euro NCAP determined the i-MiEV to be sound in construction, saying:
“No problems were experienced with the high voltage electrical system which powers the vehicle: the battery was properly isolated from the body shell and was not damaged during the tests.”
The i-MiEV is powered by a compact and lightweight motor and a pack of high-energy density lithium-ion batteries located within a long 2.55 m wheelbase. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV began in Japan 2009 and soon after became the first electric car to be mass produced by a major car manufacturer for global release.