2013 Ford Focus Electric Earns Top Safety Award
The electric version of the 2013 Ford Focus was tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it received the top rating of five stars.
The five-star rating is noteworthy, especially considering that the electric version of the Focus beat the gas-fueled Focus in two of the three safety tests. The 2013 Focus Electric earned five stars in frontal, side-impact and rollover resistance, but the gas-fueled version only got the top five-star rating in side-impact, while receiving four stars in the remaining two categories. Both versions received an overall rating of five stars.
The Focus Electric features intelligent airbags that tailor deployment to individual occupants. The driver’s airbag makes use of a curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to create a “pocket” to lessen impact on the driver’s chest and ribs. With regard to rollover resistance, it's likely that the Focus Electric's heavy battery pack, mounted low in the vehicle, helps to prevent rollovers.
Other notable safety features in the Ford Focus Electric include four-wheel anti-lock braking system, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children) and an anti-theft engine immobilizer.
The Nissan LEAF is rated five stars by the NHTSA; the Mitsubishi i-MiEV received four stars; the Coda Sedan got four stars overall (even though it received just two stars in frontal impact safety testing). None of those vehicles scored five stars in all three categories though, which makes the Focus Electric the safest battery-only vehicle tested so far by NHTSA.
NHTSA safety testing results for the Tesla Model S are expected in spring 2013.
New to EVs? Start here
Electric Cars Pros and Cons
EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
Buying Your First Home EV Charger
You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
Electric Vehicle Charging for Businesses
How do you ensure that electric car owners will be happy with every visit to your charging spot?
How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool
Locate EV charging stations and optimize their use with a powerful mobile app.
Quick Charging of Electric Cars
Add 50 to 60 miles of range in about 20 minutes. Here's how.
The Real Price of EV Public Charging
Compare the cost of charging on the road to what you pay at home.
Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.