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Chevrolet Volt Scores Five-Star Safety Rating

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Already celebrated for its stellar fuel efficiency, the Chevrolet Volt can now add another accolade: a five-star crash test rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the Volt's top score, the first for an electric car in the government agency's New Car Assessment Program.

The NHTSA's tests, which became substantially more rigorous with the 2011 model year, include a rollover test, a 20mph side impact with a pole, a 38mph side impact with a simulated highway barrier, and the traditional front impact test, which pits subjects against a concrete wall head-on at 35mph. While the Volt earned just four stars in the frontal impact test, its five-star ratings in the other sections were enough to clinch its five-star overall rating.

"Safety is a key consideration for all buyers no matter how a car is powered – gas, or in the case of the Volt, electricity," said Doug Parks, the Volt's global vehicle line executive.

And it's clear the Volt has been engineered with safety in mind. The electric hatchback was also recently given a "Top Pick" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – that group's best possible score. In addition to performing front and side impact tests, the IIHS also evaluates roof strength and seat restraints for protection against neck injuries.

Naturally, the strong crash test results are good for Chevrolet – but not just because they prove the Volt is safe. By giving it a fully-electric motor with a secondary gasoline engine, Chevrolet is trying to sell the Volt as a "no compromises" electric car, eliminating the "range anxiety" associated with running out of juice in a traditional electric car – and with the Volt's impressive crash test ratings, Chevrolet now has another avenue to show skeptical consumers they don't need to make a compromise to go electric.

The Volt's biggest rival, Nissan's fully electric Leaf, is also set to be crash-tested in the near future. While both cars have yet to be released nationwide, early sales are promising in spite of short supply. Last month, Nissan sold 573 Leafs, while Chevrolet sold 497 Volts, which the GM brand says will be available across the country by the end of 2011.

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Chevrolet Volt Scores Five-Star Safety Rating - Autotrader