The Ford Focus Electric received the highest possible crash-test rating from the federal government, giving Ford another reason to pitch its first all-electric production vehicle to US customers.
The Focus EV received a five-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Ford says the results were helped by an advanced design for the driver’s airbag and side airbags whose vents reduce pressure on smaller passengers.
Naysayers have long questioned plug-in vehicle safety because of fears of fires or lightweighting efforts on the part of EV makers. The Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in received scrutiny for a 2011 NHTSA crash test that resulted in a fire (NHTSA later said that the fire wasn’t caused by vehicle deficiencies, the Volt got a five-star rating). More recently, the Coda Sedan EV received a four-star overall rating from NHTSA, though just two stars on the frontal crash results.
Focus EV sales fell to 81 units last month from 167 in December. Ford is planning to have about 900 US dealers, about a third of its domestic total, certified to sell plug-in vehicles by spring. Check out Ford’s press release below.
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