Audi’s first all-electric automotive, the E-Tron SUV, has been named a top safety pick by the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS). It’s the primary battery-electric automotive to earn that distinction, beating out earlier ones that fell brief, like Tesla’s Model S or the Chevy Bolt. The company launched a handful of movies of the E-Tron being smashed up at its check facility, which you’ll see above and under.
The E-Tron earned “good” scores across the board within the IIHS’s “crashworthiness” classes, which is the very best distinction the group provides. The IIHS additionally discovered that the E-Tron’s “Pre Sense Entrance” computerized emergency braking system carried out nicely, avoiding a crash within the 25 mile per hour check. (The E-Tron slowed to 1 mile per hour earlier than affect within the 12 mile per hour check.)
The Mannequin three hasn’t been totally examined by the IIHS but, although the group not too long ago introduced that it’s currently in the process of putting the car through its paces. (A spokesperson says they’ve 4 Mannequin 3s presently present process or awaiting testing.) The IIHS additionally hasn’t examined the Mannequin X. Tesla questioned the nonprofit group’s “methods and motivations” after the Mannequin S didn’t obtain the highest security decide distinction again in 2017.
A great ranking from the IIHS is a boon for the E-Tron, which has had a rocky rollout. The automobile’s unveiling was delayed after Audi’s CEO was arrested for his alleged involvement within the broader Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions dishonest scandal. The precise launch of the automotive was delayed because of battery shortages. And as soon as E-Trons lastly hit the highway, Audi promptly recalled a few hundred because of a fire risk.
Subsequent to Jaguar’s I-Tempo, the E-Tron is likely one of the first severe long-range electrical automobiles to hit the market within the luxurious phase. It starts at around $75,000, and may journey about 204 miles on a single cost. Mercedes-Benz’s EQC electrical SUV began rolling off the production line this summer, and Porsche’s first electrical automotive — the Taycan — might be officially revealed in just a few weeks.