Electric car gets top safety rating

Car insurance customers have not been overly-enamoured with the electric cars on offer in the country – not least because of their distance limitations.

However, that could be about to change as the new Holden Volt hits the headlines with a top, five-star safety rating.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme has given the electric motor first-class honours for driver safety thanks to intelligent seat belt reminders, forward collision alerts and a healthy eight airbags.

It is only the second electric car to be awarded such a high safety rating – the other being the Nissan Leaf, which scooped the accolade back in 2011.

"The crash protection provided by the Volt, however, is on par with the traditionally-powered models," AA general manager  of motoring services Stella Stocks said.

Hybrid cars are getting more popular in Australia as well, with new figures showing an 84 per cent rise in hybrid sales in June of this year.

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