So this is pretty terrifying.

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What you've just witnessed is a German company crashing a Nissan Leaf, long time best selling electric car here in the US until Tesla came along, sideways into a post.

Now this is a pretty drastic scenario and makes up such a small percentage of all crashes through the world, but it's an important test to show. This crash was from 47mph at a direct side impact to the b-pillar section of this Nissan Leaf. Note how the car seems to fold in half where impacted.

Imagine if this was a 90s era car? it would be completely folded in on itself. The Leaf video crash isn't typical in many cars, but it also shows that we still have a long way to go in side-crash safety.

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