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Long before Tesla s GM s Volt or Nissan s LEAF on the market, the idea of stringing batteries together to power a car, or smashing a battery-powered car in a impact crash, generated a lot of and fear. But nowadays, the latest of electric vehicle makers a lot less about safety I would have thought a of years ago.

Today s new EV say they have largely the safety problem. But also, the is that they d prefer not to about what can happen if a so-called thermal runaway (lithium-ion batteries blow up) they don t want to scare owners in such a new market. At the time, because the market is so there hasn t been opportunity for any horror stories yet Young s LincVolt fire not

But some auto makers are to tackle the safety EV battery with design, technology and You can see some good examples at the Auto Show this In particular, Volvo, given its for safety, has spent a lot of time EV safety, and at the show this Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby off a crash-tested C30 Electric (see our drive below) that an Ener1 EnerDel battery.

Volvo says this the time a crash-tested EV has been in public (shows you how new the industry and that the crashed C30 had a front with a fully-charged battery, 40 mph. The result, says are that the batteries and electric were still intact the crash, and Jacoby said a press conference that it is to separate the batteries from the car s crumple zones to make it as as a conventional car. In Volvo s the batteries are split and one part is between the seats, and the other is the rear seats (you can see in our

Volvo says Ener1 s management system which s steady temperature is top-notch, helps prevent battery problems, too. Of note, in the of a crash, a crash sensor power to the C30 in 50 milliseconds, similar to how an works.

Tesla is another EV maker has been touting the safety of its upcoming Model S EV sedan. In the car maker showed off last Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering Rawlinson points out an advanced zone, a stronger body can protect drivers in crashes, and a system and a central heat that keeps the battery at a temperature.

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The batteries for the Model S sit underneath the floor of the vehicle, Tesla says makes the of the Model S more rigid most cars and as rigid as a sports car. And unique to the S is that the batteries make the of the Model S completely flat and In this case, design for delivers performance, too.


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