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Here are all of your options for electric and electric vehicles that have the best safety features


You might think that just because electric cars are at the pinnacle of current mobility, they all offer a full range of advanced safety and driver assistance features.

Yes, some do, and some don’t. Also, price is not necessarily an indication of the level of advanced safety technology an electric vehicle is equipped with.

You can get a Nissan Leaf 2021
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+ 1.99%

for $ 32,620, including factory entry fees. It boasts all of the innovative EV safety features below as a standard feature.

The entry-level Chevrolet Bolt EV 2021, about $ 4,000 more than the Leaf, offers just most of the same advanced safety features as the options. That said, Chevy will correct this shortage in the 2022 version of the new Bolt EV and the new EUV Bolt, or the utility electric vehicle, which we have included in this story.

See: Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Bolt: Two EVs compared

We delved into the different brands and their electric cars to determine what popular safety and driver assistance features each offers. Our baseline is the entry level for each model. If that trim level includes a feature, we will list it as “standard”.

“Optional” includes non-standard features at the entry level but is available as optional or standard on the more expensive tiers.

2020 and newer electric cars in the US

Safety features are available and electric cars provide them

Adaptive cruise control

Adaptive cruise control uses sensors and sometimes cameras to monitor objects in front of the vehicle. It slows down the vehicle when the traffic ahead of it slows down, as well as accelerates when they accelerate. More complex systems will bring the car to a complete stop, and then reactivate when the vehicle in front starts moving again.

VW ID.4: Adaptive cruise control is standard.

Volkswagen

Standard: Ford
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Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Kia
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+ 1.72%

Niro EV, Nissan Leaf, Polestar 2, Tesla
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+ 1.35%

Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Read: What is EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV? Here is your guide to electric cars

Optional: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai
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+ 0.62%

Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace, Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

These features are often bundled together, although they offer different functions. Blind spot monitoring uses sensors to detect traffic on the adjacent lanes. Cross-rear traffic warning warns objects behind your vehicle or passing behind while backing.

Volvo XC40 Recharge: Blind spot monitoring is standard.

Volvo

Standard: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace (rear cross-vehicle warning only), Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf , Polestar 2, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota
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+ 0.14%

Mirai, Volkswagen
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+ 1.66%

ID.4, Volvo
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+ 2.05%

Recharge the XC40.

Optional: Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Jaguar I-Pace (blind spot only), Porsche
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+ 0.63%

Taycan (blind spot only).

See: Review: Everything you need to know about the tech Toyota Mirai 2021

Forward collision warning with emergency brake

These features use technology similar to the adaptive cruise control. The system detects a possible accident when your vehicle closes the distance with the vehicle or other object ahead. It will emit a warning sound. If the driver does not respond, the vehicle can brake automatically.

Standard: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Niro EV, Mini Electric, Nissan Leaf, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan (warning only), Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Optional: BMW I3.
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Lane departure warning

The camera-based system monitors the lane marking. When it senses the vehicle is drifting out of its lane, it will emit a warning sound to the driver.

Standard: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Nexo, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Mirai, Volvo Recharge the XC40.

Read: Volvo adds the stylish new C40 Recharge to its electric lineup

Lane Keep Assist

When the driver fails to respond to the lane departure warning, the car takes the next step. It nudged the car back into its lane.

Lane Keep Assist is standard on the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

Ford

Standard: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Niro EV, Nissan Leaf, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen ID.4, Rechargeable Volvo XC40.

Optional: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Tesla Model 3.

Supports lane centering

Lane centering technology provides more driver assistance features. It is used to keep the vehicle in its lane. For example, systems like Nissan’s ProPilot can follow the lane around curves. Think of it as a companion technology for lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

Standard: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Kia Nero, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Mirai.

Optional: Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y.

Automatic emergency brake behind

When your vehicle senses objects behind your vehicle, it will automatically brake to avoid them.

Standard: Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Leaf.

Optional: Toyota Mirai.

360 degree surround camera system

Sometimes referred to as a bird’s-eye view, this camera system offers an array of lenses positioned around the vehicle. The lenses work together to give the driver a 360-degree field of view. That is a real help when parking the car.

Standard: Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Optional: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan Leaf, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan, Toyota Mirai, Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Automatic high beams

The vehicle uses the front camera to detect the front lights of the vehicle. They can be oncoming headlights or rear tail lights. For example, when the system senses the narrow distance between one vehicle and another, it turns off high beams of light.

Standard: Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback, Ford Mustang Mache-E, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Nexo, Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model Y, Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen ID.4, Volvo XC40 Charger.

Optional: BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Hyundai Kona Electric.

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Before you go to the dealer, do a lot of testing encourage federal, state and local May offer discounts and other savings.

This story originally ran on KBB.com.

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