Depowering Not Required: Nissan Leaf safer than Chevy Volt
But is the Volt really dangerous?
One day you are out driving your gas-guzzler and WHAM, some jerk blows a stop light and t-bones your ride. A total loss, including the full tank of gasoline that now has to be emptied to prevent fires.
Well, that’s no different than a Chevy Volt that has to be depowered after a crash to ensure that a fire doesn’t eventually break out, probably many days or even weeks after the crash.
Not an unreasonable protocol, right? Just like taking the gas out of a guzzler. Still, such depowering is never required following a Nissan Leaf crash.
“The Leaf is designed with battery safety systems that disconnect the high voltage from the vehicle in a severe crash,” claimed the company recently.
Nevertheless, both plug-ins are safe, although it appears that Nissan did make maintaining battery safety following a severe crash a little more safe than GM. Still, the Volt is just as safe as any conventional car.