Top marks for new EV in new testing regime

The 2018 Nissan Leaf has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, in an updated set of tests that the firm describes as the "toughest safety tests to date."

It scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 71 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 71 per cent for safety assist systems.

The Leaf is the first vehicle to be tested under Euro NCAP's new regime, which includes new areas like cyclist detection for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, AEB pedestrian detection in darkness and obscure lighting conditions, along with testing the effectiveness of lane-keep assist systems and their ability to detect road edges – marked and unmarked.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: "These latest updates in Euro NCAP's active safety testing focus on both the protection of those inside the car and those who share road-space with it".

"Our new assessments demonstrate the increasing level of sophistication that can be achieved by connecting various sensor systems installed on the vehicle. As the cost of these systems drops and computing capabilities increase, standard vehicles will soon become able to help prevent significantly more complex real-life crashes."

"Euro NCAP seeks to encourage this trend and in the context of a safe systems approach, will continue to challenge auto makers to deliver the highest levels of safety performance as standard, for car occupants and vulnerable road users," he added.

Australia

While the new Leaf hasn't hit local showrooms yet – and we have no firm launch date, either – we'd expect it to achieve a five-star ANCAP rating due to the local crash-tester's recent move to parity with its European equivalent from January 1 this year.

CarAdvice has also contacted ANCAP regarding the new tests outlined by Euro NCAP, to see if the new areas will also be assessed locally.