Hyundai's Kona Electric has just become the first battery electric vehicle
to be crash tested in Australia, achieving an ANCAP maximum 5-star safety
rating in the process.
Hyundai says the Kona Electric was subjected to a frontal offset crash test,
carried out by Australasia's independent vehicle safety authority ANCAP as
an "audit test" of the 5-star Kona model line-up.
The Kona was originally tested in 2017 in conventional petrol engine
specification (see video above), while the recent addition of the EV version
required a separate test to ensure it maintained the 5-star rating for the
entire Kona range.
The frontal offset test simulates a head-on crash with another vehicle of
the same mass, travelling at the same speed, a type of collision which
represents 60 percent of serious crashes on our roads.
Kona Electric's front offset audit test score of 14.97 out of 16.00 was
actually slightly better than the 14.07 achieved by the petrol engine
variant, and saw Kona maintain its ANCAP maximum 5-star safety rating.
The test, conducted in September, saw 40 per cent of the front driver's side
of Kona Electric make contact with a crushable aluminium barrier at 64km/h.
According to ANCAP, the Kona's overall score of 35.07 out of 37.00 is the
sum of its frontal offset test result, its maximum possible scores in the
side impact and pole crash tests, and its maximum score for the inclusion of
seat belt reminders.
"Kona Electric's pioneering position as the first ever EV crash tested in
Australia, and its continuing ANCAP maximum 5-star safety rating, further
underscores Hyundai's eco vehicle leadership," said Hyundai Motor Company
Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr JW Lee.