The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) introduced that Tesla has picked up its first award from the institute for its 2019 Model 3 – its cheaper sedan – that qualifies for a TOP SAFETY PICK+.
The Mannequin three joins one different all-electric plug-in automobile, the Audi e-tron, within the IIHS winner’s circle. A hydrogen gasoline cell automobile, the Hyundai Nexo, additionally not too long ago certified for an award.
The Chevrolet Bolt, an all-electric small automotive, misses out as a result of its headlights trigger an excessive amount of glare, incomes a poor score.
“Autos with various powertrains have come into their very own,” stated David Zuby, chief analysis officer with IIHS. “There’s no have to commerce away security for a decrease carbon footprint when selecting a automobile.”
To earn a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK award, a automobile should earn good rankings within the driver-side small overlap entrance, reasonable overlap entrance, aspect, roof power and head restraint exams, in addition to or acceptable score within the passenger-side small overlap take a look at. It additionally wants an accessible entrance crash prevention system with a sophisticated or superior score and good- or acceptable-rated headlights.
For the top-tier award, TOP SAFETY PICK+, good rankings are required within the passenger-side small overlap take a look at and the headlight analysis.
The Mannequin three, a midsize luxurious automotive that’s the most inexpensive of Tesla’s three autos, earned good rankings throughout the board for crashworthiness. Its normal entrance crash prevention system earned a superior score, avoiding collisions in each the 12 mph and 25 mph IIHS monitor exams, and its solely accessible headlights earned score.
The Mannequin three’s construction held up nicely in one of many Institute’s most difficult crash exams, the driver-side small overlap entrance take a look at. Intrusion of eight inches on the decrease door-hinge pillar contributed to a reasonable threat of harm to the driving force’s decrease leg, as indicated by measures taken from the dummy. No different harm threat was recorded, and the entrance and aspect airbags and the seat belt labored nicely to manage the dummy’s motion throughout the crash.
The Bolt, a small automotive, additionally carried out nicely within the IIHS crashworthiness exams. It earns good rankings in all of them apart from the passenger-side small overlap take a look at, wherein it charges acceptable.
In that take a look at, the passenger dummy’s motion was lower than superb. After hitting the frontal airbag throughout the take a look at, the dummy’s head moved towards the hole between the frontal and aspect airbags, leaving it susceptible to contact with exhausting elements of the automobile inside.
The appropriate passenger-side score would have been sufficient for the Bolt to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK award when geared up with non-obligatory entrance crash prevention, however the Bolt’s solely accessible headlights earn a poor score, primarily due to extreme glare to oncoming drivers.
The Mannequin three is the second plug-in automobile with no fuel engine to earn the 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award after the Audi e-tron, a big SUV. The e-tron qualifies for the award with normal tools.
In the meantime, the Hyundai Nexo turned the primary hydrogen gasoline cell automobile to earn an award from IIHS over the summer season. Just like the Mannequin three and the e-tron, the Nexo, a midsize luxurious SUV, qualifies for TOP SAFETY PICK+ based mostly on normal tools.
The Nexo is certainly one of three gasoline cell autos which might be commercially accessible in California. California has promoted the expertise and is the one state with a community of retail hydrogen fueling stations.