The 2019 Audi e-tron has turn out to be the primary battery-electric car to earn a prime security ranking from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security, an achievement that Tesla and different electrical fashions just like the Chevy Bolt haven’t been in a position to seize.
Scoring an IIHS prime security award isn’t straightforward. A car has to earn good rankings in six crashworthiness evaluations, in addition to a sophisticated or superior ranking for entrance crash prevention and a superb headlight ranking.
IIHS mentioned Wednesday that the e-tron fulfills the factors to earn a prime security ranking with normal gear. The car carried out properly in crashworthiness testing, incomes good rankings within the driver-side small overlap entrance, passenger-side small overlap entrance, average overlap entrance, aspect, roof power and head restraint assessments, in line with IIHS.
The SUV’s normal entrance crash prevention system rated superior in IIHS monitor assessments. It prevented a collision within the 25-mph take a look at and decreased its affect pace by a median of 11 mph within the 12-mph take a look at. Its ahead collision warning part meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards.
The award gives a a lot wanted increase to the e-tron. There’s rather a lot using on the e-tron, the German automaker’s first mass-produced electrical car. And whereas TechCrunch’s Matt Burns discovered it quick, comfortable and familiar, the car has had a rocky begin that included a voluntary recall within the U.S. as a result of danger of battery fireplace.
Tesla has gotten near the highest security decide designation. A Tesla Mannequin S was tested in 2017 and carried out properly, however fell wanting incomes the highest rating attributable to poor headlights and an “acceptable” rating within the small overlap crash take a look at. The IIHS has by no means examined the Tesla Mannequin X.
The electrical automaker does have one other probability. This time, it’s with the Tesla Mannequin three, which IIHS is at present testing, in line with a current tweet from the group.
The Mannequin three has already achieved an all-around five-star safety rating from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors and Security Administration. Regardless of the excessive marks, NHTSA and Tesla have tussled over how the automaker has characterised the ranking in an October 7 weblog submit when it mentioned the Mannequin three had achieved the bottom chance of damage of any car the company ever examined.
Earlier this month, Hyundai hydrogen gasoline cell SUV, the Nexo, grew to become the first fuel cell vehicle to be examined and to earn IIHS’s prime security award.