Watching a Nissan Leaf launched into a pole is scary, but very satisfying
There is something about crash testing that gets me excited. I reckon it is my inner child that comes out and makes me smile. No, for real, my parents happily tell me stories of me as a toddler I used to crash Hotwheels and Matchbox cars into each other and be very happy and amused with it, I do it for hours and never get bored.
This brings me to watching an experiment conducted by DEKRA, which stands for Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein, its english translation is - German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association. The folks from DEKRA teamed up with University Medical Center of Göttingen for a high speed side impact test on a pole. The aim of this is to see how safe electric vehicles are.
The speed at which the test for the test was 75 kph or 47 mph, this is more than twice as fast than the standard side pole test (Euro NCAP) being conducted at 32 km/h. The slow motion parts of video are the satisfying parts. If the song Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton was playing it would be like scene out of Deadpool, DEKRA missed a brilliant opportunity.
As you can see the results are scary (putting it mildly). So why did they do it at twice the speed? They wanted to see the impact compared to ICE vehicles. The Leaf is NCAP five stars, and even through the battery got completely deformed the car did not catch fire, because the electric system shut itself down on impact. This proved that EVs are as safe as ICEs when the unfortunate accidents happen.
There are also bonus findings from this. Since, the engine did not catch fire, this would also help emergency services remove the people that are hurt or trapped inside faster as they would not need to extinguish a fire.
The results. Pic Credit: DEKRA