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Safety and Emergencies

  • Electric vehicles meet the same safety standards as any vehicle in the U.S., following the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards [Alternative Fuels Data Center].
  • The batteries are encased and sealed in protective shell to prevent issues in the case of an accident.
  •  Any EV available for purchase will have gone through intense testing to ensure safety in a variety of conditions including overcharge, vibration, extreme temperatures, short circuit, humidity, fire, collision, and water immersion.
  • In the event of a collision or short circuit, the entire electrical system is deactivated and the battery will be isolated to avoid any further damage.
  • While emergency response for an EV accident is not significantly different, there are established emergency response guidelines and training for first responders. For more information on training, visit The National Fire Protection Association training site.
  • Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf are among the 2012 Top Safety Picks for Small Cars from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.