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CNN: Volt and Leaf get top crash test scores
CNN Money via Yahoo! News ^ | April 26, 2011 | Peter Valdes-Dapena

Posted on 04/26/2011 5:11:55 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf plug-in cars both earned top scores in crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Tuesday.

Both vehicles earned the Institute's coveted Top Safety Pick award, given to cars that get the best possible ratings in side and front crash tests as well as the best scores for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

The Leaf and the Volt each weigh almost 700 pounds more than comparable gasoline-powered cars by Nissan and General Motors.

The extra weight, mostly in the form of large battery packs, should help their performance in real-world crashes, the Institute said in its statement. In crashes between different vehicles, the lighter vehicle bears the brunt of the impact.

"The Leaf and the Volt's extra mass give them a safety advantage over other small cars," Nolan said. "These electric models are a win-win for fuel economy and safety.

Since the Institute's tests involve crashing vehicles into a fixed barrier instead of into another car, the weight advantage was not a factor in the test scores.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: failure; governmentmotors; volt

1 posted on 04/26/2011 5:11:58 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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The extra weight, mostly in the form of large battery packs, should help their performance in real-world crashes, the Institute said in its statement. In crashes between different vehicles, the lighter vehicle bears the brunt of the impact.

This will be the only time in print where you will see a confession by the Libs that CAFE standards aimed at making cars lighter actually result in more dangerous and life-threatening vehicles.

That is why they hate the SUV (for you,not them) - they want you maimed, disfigured and dead.

2 posted on 04/26/2011 5:16:04 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ever throw a D battery real hard at something? Changes are, what you hit looks worse than the battery (I’ve seen them chip cinder block)

Multiply that by 10000 :)


3 posted on 04/26/2011 5:17:16 AM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

” “The Leaf and the Volt’s extra mass give them a safety advantage over other small cars,”...In crashes between different vehicles, the lighter vehicle bears the brunt of the impact. “

In other words, they’re more likely to kill me.


4 posted on 04/26/2011 5:17:34 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: PissAndVinegar

CHANCES are, what you hit.....

not enough coffee yet


5 posted on 04/26/2011 5:18:15 AM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: The Theophilus
Nailed it.

SUV -- unsafe, because although the driver is likely to survive inside the massive body, other cars may not do so well when hit by a big SUV.
Electric car -- very safe because the driver is likely to survive inside the massive body, and isn't that the only thing that matters when discussing safety?

6 posted on 04/26/2011 5:18:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Was the Volt on fire when they tested it?
7 posted on 04/26/2011 5:19:40 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: PissAndVinegar

Just how does the massive amount battery acid from the mega battery pack that likely spills all over you in a crash figure in this rating?


8 posted on 04/26/2011 5:20:18 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Obama administration will need to buy gazillions of the things, because it looks like the public just isn’t interested. Even Consumer Reports has panned the Volt.


9 posted on 04/26/2011 5:21:39 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Oscars, Emmys, and Nobel prizes to follow...


10 posted on 04/26/2011 5:24:27 AM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is ridiculous. Heavier cars do better in crash tests because the heavier weight is due to more sheet metal around the occupants, NOT a battery. By this logic, a VW Jetta with 800# of tools in the trunk will be better in a crash test than an identical car with an empty trunk!


11 posted on 04/26/2011 5:31:46 AM PDT by mgpilot
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To: PissAndVinegar

I’m thinking that being hooked up to an extension cord 23 hours a day limits your chances of getting in an accident more than anything else.


12 posted on 04/26/2011 5:32:02 AM PDT by Recon Dad (I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure)
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To: hal ogen
massive amount battery acid

Lithium-ion batteries used in these vehicles do not use acid.

13 posted on 04/26/2011 5:33:29 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

There’s a good propogandist, CNN... yes you are, yesss youuu are...

Have a cookie


14 posted on 04/26/2011 5:34:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: The Theophilus

Yes Acid and lead all over the accident scene as the heavey batteries tear thru flimsy plastic & sheet metal.


15 posted on 04/26/2011 5:35:56 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: TYVets

that’s nice


16 posted on 04/26/2011 5:37:01 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( repent)
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To: KSCITYBOY
No acid and lead in those lithium-ion batteries.
17 posted on 04/26/2011 5:40:43 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Volt and Leaf could come with a eco-refrig and eco-72 virgins ... and they would still be over-priced pieces of manmade excrement. =.=


18 posted on 04/26/2011 5:44:20 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They tested them against golf carts?


19 posted on 04/26/2011 5:52:02 AM PDT by Carley ( TYPICAL STREET THUG, NASTY BULLY, THAT'S OUR PRESIDENT.)
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To: Recon Dad
I’m thinking that being hooked up to an extension cord 23 hours a day limits your chances of getting in an accident more than anything else.

If I saw your comment on Facebook, I'd click the "like" button...spot on!

20 posted on 04/26/2011 5:52:09 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The extra weight, mostly in the form of large battery packs, should help their performance in real-world crashes...

So, if I just carried around 700 pounds of gravel in my pick-up... (It would be a heck of a lot cheaper.)

21 posted on 04/26/2011 5:53:00 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Found to be safe in crash tests . . .



Not so much when charging in the garage . . .

22 posted on 04/26/2011 6:13:27 AM PDT by haywoodwebb (The "Manchurian Candidate's" agenda is right on schedule . . . Black & Humble)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Next time I want to crash a car on the way to the grocery, I will seriously consider buying one.


23 posted on 04/26/2011 6:17:37 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

But what happens when a Volt crashes into a Leaf?


24 posted on 04/26/2011 6:27:30 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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"But what happens when a Volt crashes into a Leaf?"

The occupants are electrocuted.

25 posted on 04/26/2011 6:30:53 AM PDT by verity
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To: smokingfrog
But what happens when a Volt crashes into a Leaf?

A butterfly loses its wings?

26 posted on 04/26/2011 6:42:57 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmit in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: smokingfrog

an angel gets his wings ?


27 posted on 04/26/2011 7:12:56 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: smokingfrog

It’s alright as long as you don’t cross the streams


28 posted on 04/26/2011 7:25:56 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.- H. L. Mencken)
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To: thackney

OK, then...massive amounts of lithium and other heavy metal.


29 posted on 04/26/2011 7:26:32 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Not any more dangerous than gasoline and lube oil.

There are reason not to support these vehicles, expense for one.

We look foolish when we just make stuff up.


30 posted on 04/26/2011 7:28:33 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: verity

That’s a good one!


31 posted on 04/26/2011 8:48:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: thackney

But the old hippies driving them did.


32 posted on 04/26/2011 8:49:19 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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