The much-talked about Chevy Volt safety probe on the issue of its lithium-ion batteries and the recent announcement that 50 of the Fisker Karmas already delivered may face a similar short circuit problem, has led to much skepticism and debate about whether electric cars are safe enough in the event of an accident. There are always two sides to the coin though and Nissan is currently making hay out of its rival’s problems. After the March tsunami that devastated Japan and its manufacturers, about two dozen Leaf EVs were destroyed.
According to Nissan, none of the cars caught fire and their battery packs remained intact thanks to the airtight exosleketon, plus an additional two layers of protection that surround them. “Considering how they were tossed around and crushed, we think that is a very good indication of the safety performance of that vehicle”, said director of product safety for Nissan North America, Bob Yakushi.
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