The electric Dacia Spring is about to tempt Dutch car buyers with a bargain price from 18,250 euros. But crash tests show that the cheapest electric car is also the most unsafe.
The electric Dacia will arrive at the Dutch dealers in the coming weeks, but on the eve of its showroom debut, EuroNCAP is throwing a spanner in the works. The European crash test authority comes with a damning verdict: the Dacia Spring only achieves one out of five stars.
And then Renault, Dacia’s parent company, has to deal with another disappointment. The electric Renault Zoe is also being served by EuroNCAP. This car, which dates from 2013, but was considerably renewed last year, does not even get a single star.
Michiel van Ratingen, the secretary general of EuroNCAP is very clear: ,,Renault was once a synonym for safety. In 2001, the Renault Laguna was even the first car to achieve five stars. But these disappointing results for the Zoe and Dacia Spring show that safety has been sacrificed with this automaker’s move to electric cars.”
Worse than any other car
Van Ratingen: ,,Not only do these cars lack a somewhat acceptable, standard safety level, their occupant protection is worse than any other car we’ve seen in recent years. It is cynical to offer consumers an affordable, environmentally friendly car when the price to pay is a higher risk of injury in an accident. Other cars, such as the electric Fiat 500e, show that safety doesn’t have to be sacrificed to make a clean, eco-friendly car.”
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and TNO, among others, are part of EuroNCAP. This time 11 new car models were included in the crash test. Seven of them achieved the maximum five stars, including the BMW iX, Mercedes EQS, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Caddy. The Fiat 500e and MG Marvel R were awarded four out of five stars.
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The cheapest electric car also turns out to be the most unsafe: Dacia Spring fails crash test | Car
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