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Omoda 5 EV passes battery-safety tests

It was subjected to water-wading and underbody-scraping

Is this deep enough for you? PHOTO FROM OMODA

One of the apprehensions people have over electric cars is the durability of the battery, which sits between the occupants and the ground. That’s why Omoda subjected the 5 EV (or E5) to two safety tests.

Given that we live in a typhoon-prone country, flooding isn’t uncommon during the rainy season. With the water-wading test, the Omoda E5 was submerged to the point where three-fourths of the vehicle’s front face was covered in water. Despite this, the manufacturer reported that its EV went through the pool without any leaks or electrical issues.

That's going to leave a nasty mark. PHOTO FROM OMODA

While we don’t encounter floods daily, there’s no shortage of potholes and bumps. For the bottom-scraping test, the Omoda E5 ran over a metal post 210mm high—something you’d never want to do with your vehicle. The scrape was 30mm at its deepest point, yet the EV’s structural integrity was said to be intact.

If you’d like to see the Omoda E5 in the metal, the Chinese brand will be debuting at the Manila International Auto Show on April 4-7 in the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.