Guide lists alternative-powered models rated by ANCAP with summaries of safety performance.
ANCAP has stressed the importance of ensuring the future of the Australasian fleet is safe and green, but is also reminding consumers, fleets, the industry and policy-makers that environmental targets should not come at the cost of safety.
“We know safety and environmental performance are top-of-mind considerations for the majority of new-car buyers, and pleasingly ANCAP has seen high levels of safety performance continue to flow through our ratings when evaluating the mix of electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicle models.
“To help accelerate this demand and build confidence among consumers that they don’t need to sacrifice safety when choosing an alternative-powered vehicle, ANCAP is prioritising the testing and rating of these vehicles as part of our routine star-rating programme.
“We’ve also released a quick-reference consumer guide listing the range of alternative-powered models rated by ANCAP together with a summary of their safety performance.”
ANCAP claims its encouragement of new safety technologies has resulted in economic benefits in excess of $440 million between 2019 to 2021 through fewer crashes causing fatalities, serious injuries and vehicle damage.
“The high levels of safety provided in the alternative-powered models available in our market to date – carrying through the high levels of safety offered by traditional petrol and diesel models – has helped contribute to this significant saving,” adds Hoorweg, pictured.
“It is critical initiatives to promote uptake of alternative-powered vehicles do not undermine the safety of Australia’s fleet, and we’re calling on all levels of government to ensure subsidies and incentives are only provided to models that offer the highest levels of safety.
“We’re on the cusp of seeing a number of lower-cost EVs arrive in our market. Adopting a sensible approach reinforces to the industry – existing and new market entrants – that high levels of safety are expected with all new alternative-powered models that are on their radar for potential release into our market.”
ANCAP’s complete consumer guide, called Safe And Green, is available online at ancap.com.au/safeandgreen.