Euro NCAP Crash Test Results for Plug-In Vehicles


While digging to see if Euro NCAP crash test results were available for the Tesla Model S (unfortunately, there are no Model S results yet) I stumbled upon a single graphic that unites all of the Euro NCAP crash tested electric and hybrid vehicles.

This graphic is quite possibly the best out there if your trying to compare how one plug-in stacks up against another in terms of overall safety.

Euro NCAP testing is far more stringent and detailed than either of the standardized US tests: NHTSA or IIHS.

We prefer Euro NCAP, as it includes tests for both child safety (damn important if you ask us) and pedestrian safety.

Euro NCAP further requires detailed info (see Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Euro NCAP results posted below) on safety topics not even mentioned by the NHTSA or IIHS.

The clear leader, at least in terms of overall safety, out of the Euro NCAP tested plug-in vehicles is the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid.  The Nissan LEAF trails the Volvo slightly, while Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera/Vauxhall Ampera rounds out the top three.

Full results for each of the tested vehicles can be found by clicking here.

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Too bad tested LEAF is a 2012. The 2013 did worse in NHTSA testing getting only 4 stars.

Oddly, the Renault Zoe doesn’t show on the EV list but is in the 2013 results list.

Also note that in 2013 they changed the testing requirements – significantly increasing the demands on the child and pedestrian sections of the test. As such, as they say on their site, it is not really possible to directly compare 2012 and earlier results to 2013 results.

When I was shopping for the C-max, US test results hadn’t yet been tested. So I looked at the Euro tests of the similar ICE C-max which is sold in Europe.

So they did not test the Volt and the Ampera separately, they just tested the Ampera and used the same scores for the Volt. No issues were mentioned after the pole impact test…

Wonder how the Mitsubishi Highlander PHEV, the BMW i3 and the MB B-Class ED will all fare.