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Audi e-tron becomes the first all-electric vehicle to earn IIHS top safety rating


The 2019 Audi e-tron has become the very first battery-electric vehicle to earn a top safety rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an achievement that Tesla and other electrical models like the Chevy Bolt have not managed to capture.

Scoring an IIHS top safety award isn’t simple. An automobile must earn good ratings in six crashworthiness evaluations, in addition to a complex or superior rating for leading collision avoidance and a good headlight score.

IIHS stated Wednesday the e-tron meets the standards to earn a top safety evaluation with conventional gear. The vehicle performed well in crashworthiness testing, earning good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, medium stride front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, according to IIHS.

The SUV’s standard front crash avoidance system ranked superior in IIHS monitor tests. It avoided a crash at the 25 mph test and decreased its effect speed by a mean of 11 miles in the 12 miles test. Its forward collision warning component satisfies National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards.

The award provides a much needed boost to the e-tron. There’s much riding around the e-tron, the German automaker’s mass-produced electric automobile. And while TechCrunch’s Matt Burns found it quick, comfy and comfortable , the vehicle has a rocky beginning that included a voluntary recall in the U.S. on account of the risk of battery firing.

Tesla is becoming near the top safety pick designation. A Tesla Model S had been tested in 2017 and played well, but fell short of earning the best score because of inferior headlights and an “acceptable” dent at the small overlap crash test. The IIHS has never tested that the Tesla Model X.

The electrical automaker has another chance. This time, it’hence using all the Tesla Model 3, that IIHS is now testing, as demonstrated by a recent tweet from the business.

Tests of this 2019 Tesla Model 3 start next week using the unwanted crash test. pic.twitter.com/yXtbGDC9h9

— IIHS (@IIHS_autosafety) August 7, 2019

The Model 3 has achieved an all-around five-star safety rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Regardless of the high marks, NHTSA and Tesla have tussled over the way the automaker has distinguished the evaluation in an October 7 site post as it stated the Model 3 had achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle the bureau ever examined.

Earlier this month, Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell SUV, the Nexo, became the initial fuel cell vehicle to be tested and also to earn IIHS’s leading safety award. 

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