Going Green: i-MiEV Gets 4 Stars Euro NCAP

Going Green: i-MiEV Gets 4 Stars Euro NCAP

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
24 Feb 2011

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today that Euro NCAP(European New Car Assessment Programme), an overall safety rating system for new models launched in Europe, revealed their results for safety test of the next generation electric vehicle i-MiEV (European-spec).

It was EURO-NCAP's first time ever to conduct a crash-test on a mass produced EV, and their results were publicized today. The test proved that the high-capacity drive battery was undamaged, and the complete shutdown of high voltage electricity system to protect the passengers and the rescuers was perfectly confirmed in case of an impact. Overall rating resulted in 4-Star in 2011 standards, equating safety level to that of a same sized gasoline-based car.

i-MiEV incorporates its base model "i" minicar's rear-midship layout that attains both the comfortable spaciousness in passenger area and crash safety. It also utilizes the MMC's own innovation, an impact resistant body "RISE" (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) system, tactically placing the drive battery safely within the body frame.

Body frame is fortified with the well-crib frame method that protects from impact in every direction. Furthermore, the vehicle is secured by MiEV OS (MiEV Operating System) an advanced integrated vehicle management system, that will instantly shut down all high voltage electric system as soon as an impact occurs. i-MiEV is supported by these innovative safety measures, only befitted to a new-generation electric vehicle.

i-MiEV has also attained similar results through German ADAC testing, as well as Australia's ANCAP, repeatedly proving its excellent safety performance each time.

Credits: wilswong

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