The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given Audi’s very first electric car, the E-Tron SUV, a top safety rating. In addition to this, it marks the very first time a battery-electric car has been awarded this rating.
Neither Tesla vehicles or the Chevy Bolt managed to achieve this safety rating, with it being a great achievement. The vehicle being tested has to earn good ratings in six evaluations involving different types of crashes, including the passenger-side small-overlap front test, which often proves difficult for a lot of vehicles.
As far as front crash prevention and headlight ratings, those need to be in the advanced or superior category.
IIHS announced that the E-Tron has passed all the tests admirably and the front crash prevention system avoided collision during the 25mph test and managed to reduce impact speed by 11mph on average, in the 12mph test. These results earned it a top mark, placing it in the Superior rating category. The e-Tron is one of the first long-range electric vehicles that will be available on the market in the luxury category, alongside the Japguar I-Pace.
Tesla is currently one of the few other electric vehicle manufacturers who has its sights set on the IIHS rating and back in 2017, the Tesla Model S fell just a little short of getting a top score in the headlights category and only managed an ‘Acceptable’ designation during the small overlap crash test.