Back in 2011, the European New Car Assessment Program took an Opel Ampera through its series of safety tests. The extended-range plug-in electric came away with a maximum five points overall and ranked ion the 85th percentile for adult occupant safety, in the 78 percentile for child occupant safety, in the 41 percentile for pedestrian safety, and in the 86th percentile for safety assist systems — somewhat better yet somewhat worse than its platform-mate, the Chevy Cruze.
Perhaps most important is the comment that the “electrical safety of the car was checked after all of the impact tests and no problems were found.” NHTSA, get your act together. As a reminder, frontal impact takes place at 64 Km/h (40 mph) with 40 percent of the car’s width striking a deformable barrier, the side impact takes place at 50 Km/h (31 mph) with the driver’s door being struck by a mobile deformable barrier, while the car is propelled sideways at 29 Km/h (18 mph) into a rigid pole .
In the meantime, feel free to marvel at E-NCAP’s video captures of the crash tests: