Electric Vehicles Meet the Same Standards as Others on the Road
Commercially available electric drive vehicles must meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and undergo the same rigorous safety testing as conventional vehicles sold in the United States. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, electric vehicles are a safe and fuel-efficient option for American drivers.
To maximize safety, these cars also meet the electrical and safety standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Working Council, and others. Electric vehicle charging equipment is tested by independent and certified by safety labs, such as Underwriters Laboratories, CSA International and Edison Testing Laboratories.
First Responder Training
Plug-in vehicle have built-in safety mechanisms to protect drives and first emergency responders in case of accidents. In addition, first responders are being trained on protocols for handling accidents involving plug-in vehicles. Chevrolet, OnStar and the National Fire Protection Association have launched the first virtual electric safety training for first responders.
Manufacturers publish emergency response guides for their vehicles and offer training for emergency responders. The National Fire Protection Association has training and information resources available at evsafetytraining.org. Find a list of education and training programs with contact information in Electric Vehicle Workforce Education & First-Responder Training Programs (Microsoft Excel).
EVs Recognized for Safety by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
In 2011, the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf earned the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the first-ever U.S. crash test evaluations of plug-in electric cars. The important milestone demonstrates that new electric cars are meeting the most rigorous safety standards sent for motor vehicles.