The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car assessment Program has just tested the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and given it the full five-star safety rating.
The Volt has already received high ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US, but passing the NHTSA's latest testing standards provides further reassurance that the new, greener technology offers superior crash protection just like its petrol-powered stablemates.
It is the first five-star rating given to an electric-based, super-eco-friendly model by the NHTSA, as the assessment program is yet to test the all-electric Nissan LEAF. The IIHS has already given the Nissan LEAF the full five-star rating as well.
The Volt received the top rating thanks to its standard fitment of multiple airbags and GM's new StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. The car even passed the NHTSA's new procedures of crash testing which were put in place to provide more accurate real-world results. Not convinced? Take a look at the super-cool slow-motion crash footage of the testing below.
Front impact, 56km/h:
Side impact, 61km/h:
Side pole impact, 32km/h: