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New Nissan Leaf Earns Highest Safety Rating From JNCAP

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The new Nissan Leaf is a shining star – make that five stars. The zero-emission, 100% electric vehicle, which boasts Nissan’s cutting-edge autonomous ProPILOT technology, has been awarded a five-star rating for safety from the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP).

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Out of a possible score of 100, the Nissan Leaf earned 94.8 “for occupant safety in a collision” as well as successfully passed the electric shock protection test administered by the Japan New Car Assessment Program.

“The test gauges how well electric vehicles protect occupants from electric shock in a collision. The car has a highly protective battery case, a layout and body structure that shield occupants from high-voltage parts, and a high-voltage cutoff device that activates in a collision,” reports Nissan.

Safety technologies that helped the new Nissan Leaf achieve the highest level of safety rating include seats with enforced headrests and back frames, six SRS airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioners and load-limiting capabilities for the rear and front outboard seats and a highly rigid body frame.

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“First introduced in 2010, the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. The all-new version comes with a number of advanced technologies including ProPILOT technology for autonomous single-lane driving on highways and the ProPILOT Park autonomous parking system. It also features e-Pedal, which lets drivers accelerate and brake by operating only the accelerator pedal,” according to Nissan.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is available in three trims: S, SV, and SL. Each trim is equipped with a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor, which generates 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The new Nissan Leaf earns an EPA-estimated range of 151 miles.