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Safest Electric Cars to Drive in 2024 (Updated)

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Many people are drawn to electric cars due to the comfort and convenience they offer. Besides saving money on gas, electric cars are reliable and safe, receiving high ratings on crash tests. Undoubtedly, not all electric cars have the same safety rating, and it is important to conduct thorough research before purchasing any type of electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gradually revolutionizing the automotive industry. Even so, many people considering buying an electric car wonder if it is more dangerous than a gas-powered vehicle in case of an accident.

While most EVs boast sophisticated features, their batteries pose a significant explosion risk. High-voltage components and cabling also expose passengers and drivers to a risk of a fatal electric shock.

If you have been injured in an electric vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers today to find out how we can help you.

Safest Electric Cars to Drive in 2024

Automakers have leveraged life-saving technology to enhance the safety of electric vehicles. There is also a general shift to making safer vehicles in compliance with safety laws and fulfilling the consumer need to avoid car accidents.

Here’s a list of the safest vehicles to drive in 2024:

2024 Audi Q8 e-tron

The 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron has a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The automaker has deployed driver-assistance technology plus adaptive cruise control and self-parking assist.

Here are additional safety features:

  • Standard lane-departure warning
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Standard forward-collision warning
  • rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring

Here’s a test result of front-crash prevention according to IIHS:

As the vehicle was moving at 37mph, it reduced the impact speed to 36mph with high beams with a 2-second warning before the impact. At low beams, the car reduced the impact speed by 31 mph with a warning 1.9 seconds before the impact.

2023 Audi e-tron

The following features give the 2023 Audi e-tron its high safety rating:

  • Adaptive cruise control and self-parking assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Standard forward collision warning

The vehicle security system has a means of anticipating unwanted vehicle intrusion; for instance, the ignition may disabled if someone attempts to start the vehicle with another key different from the one issued by a manufacturer.

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 has the following safety features:

  • Emergency assist
  • Light Assist
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Active blind spot monitor
  • Park distance control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Side Curtain Protection® head airbags
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard daytime lights

After a head-on collision crash test, the dummy’s position with the steering wheel, door frame, and instrument panel indicated the driver’s survival space was well maintained.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a high safety rating because of the following features:

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Front-impact airbags
  • Overhead airbags
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Knee airbags

The vehicle also earned five-star ratings in various crash tests, including rollover, side-barrier, side-pole, side barrier rating, passenger rear seat, overall side, side-pole barrier combined (REAR), and side-pole barrier combined (FRONT).

Safety Tests for Electrical Cars

In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), overseen by the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), conducts safety tests for electric vehicles. The Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) is the NHTSA’s in-house laboratory that performs safety studies. The center analyzes any defects in vehicles in order to comply with federal regulations.

The NHTSA assigns each vehicle an overall score using a five-star rating system based on frontal crash safety, side crash safety, and rollover protection.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent organization, performs its own vehicle safety testing. The IIHS evaluates two areas: crashworthiness and crash avoidance/mitigation. Crashworthiness assesses how well a vehicle will protect its occupants in the event of a crash, while crash avoidance/mitigation assesses to what degree a vehicle’s technology can lessen the severity of a crash.

The IIHS runs a series of tests to determine a vehicle’s safety in a variety of situations. To determine a vehicle’s crashworthiness, the IIHS runs frontal crash tests, side crash tests, roof strength tests, and head restraint and seat tests. Ratings range from poor to good, or basic to superior.

Electric Vehicle Crash Worthiness

Electric vehicles offer several driver-assist technologies, such as blind spot warnings, lane centering assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with pedestrian assist.

Although technology enhancements make driving safer today, 40% of electrical vehicle (EV) users made lower body injury claims when involved in a collision.

But why would this be the case? One explanation could be the weight of an electric vehicle. An electric vehicle has a battery that is located in the bottom center of the vehicle. Since electric cars generally have a lower center of gravity, the impact of an EV crash can be more deadly to anyone in its path.

The experienced car accident attorneys at TK Injury Lawyers will be able to review your accident claim to evaluate to what degree an electric vehicle contributed to your injuries.

Safest Electric Cars in 2023

The electric vehicles that made the top of the NHTSA and IIHS lists are:

  1. Tesla Model 3: the NHTSA gave the Tesla an overall five-star rating, and the IIHS gave this electric vehicle a superior score for active safety measures, recognizing its automatic emergency braking system
  2. Lexus ES300h: both the IIHS and NHTSA gave this electric vehicle high ratings; the NHTSA gave this car an overall five-star rating, and the IIHS gave it “Good” ratings on crash-worthiness tests and “Superior” and “Advanced” scores on front crash prevention.
  3. Toyota Prius Prime: the NHTSA gave this vehicle an overall five-star rating, and the IIHS gave it a “Superior” rating for front crash protection in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian categories.
  4. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: the Mitsubishi vehicle received an overall five-star rating from the NHTSA, receiving its highest rating in side crashes. The IIHS gave the vehicle “Good” ratings on all crash-worthiness categories except “Head Restraints and Seats” and a “Superior with optional equipment” rating for front crash prevention for the vehicle-to-vehicle category.
  5. Toyota Sienna: the NHTSA gave this car an overall five-star rating, and the IIHS gave this EV “Good” ratings for all tests for crash-worthiness and even a “Good +” for seat belts and child restraints. This EV received a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention in the vehicle-to-vehicle and an “Advanced” rating in the vehicle-to-pedestrian category.

An Austin Car Accident Attorney Working for You

As a road user, you rely on your electric car to safely transport you to your destination. When an electric vehicle fails to live up to its safety score, you need a car accident attorney who can conduct a thorough investigation into your case. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Suppose you’ve sustained a second-degree burn after an explosion in an electric car. In that case, you would endure hefty medical bills, emotional anguish, and pain and suffering. You, therefore, deserve representation from an experienced attorney like TK Injury Lawyerswho will aggressively fight for your rights.

Contact us online or at (512) 900-4657 for a free consultation.

Trent Kelly

Trent Kelly obtained his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 2007. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and regularly assists clients with their legal matters. Trent’s practice is primarily focused on personal injury matters – particularly those involving motor vehicles (such as cars, commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, and motorcycles) and wrongful death – but he also handles various business litigation matters as well. Click here to take a look at some complex cases Trent has resolved.

Years of experience: +15 years
Location: Austin, TX