Allaying lingering safety concerns, the first mainstream electric cars crash tested by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety graded well in a recent battery of tests.

The Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in battery/gasoline hybrid that can run in electric-only mode and the Nissan Leaf, which runs on battery power alone, received the highest possible rating from the IIHS. Joe Nolan, the Institute's chief administrative officer said the electric cars were subjected to the same tests as gasoline-powered models.

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