Ford’s hoping buyers looking for an eco-friendly, safe vehicle will look no further than its new 2013 Ford Focus Electric. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just given the Focus Electric a five-star overall vehicle score in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety testing.
The five-star NCAP rating for the 2013 Focus Electric is calculated by combining the Focus’ performance in front and side-impact crash tests, as well as measuring its resistance to rollover. The electric Focus earned five stars in all three of those tests, thus the five-star NCAP rating.
Though the conventionally powered Focus is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, the Focus Electric actually outperforms it in NHTSA NCAP testing. While the Focus matches the EV version in side-impact testing and in the overall score, it only earned four stars from the NHTSA in front impact, and rollover resistance tests. The Focus Electric has yet to be tested by the IIHS.
The Focus Electric might be safer than the regular Focus in the NHTSA’s eyes, but the gas-powered Focus still has one major advantage over the Focus Electric – an EPA-estimated 346 mile range that easily beat’s the Focus Electric’s 76 mile range.