One of the biggest misconceptions about electric cars is that they’re unsafe. Without a big engine up front, the theory goes, there’s nothing between you and the crash. Now, Porsche joins Tesla in proving what we already knew: that’s a bunch of nonsense.
In fact, proponents argue that it’s easier to design a safe electric car because you don’t have to design the crumple zones around a rigid block of metal that can’t enter the passenger compartment. The whole front end of the car can crumple away, making it easier to dissipate energy.
That’s not to say that all electric cars are automatically safe, but now we know that the Porsche Taycan is. While American testing bodies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety haven’t yet released crash test videos of the Taycan, it’s just been through the battery of Euro NCAP tests.
It received scores of 85 percent in adult occupant protection, 83 percent in child occupant safety, 70 percent in vulnerable road user (cyclist and pedestrian) protection, and 70 percent in safety assist technology. Overall, the Taycan was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating.
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