Green vehicles shine in IIHS safety tests – IIHS News

Green vehicles shine in IIHS safety tests – IIHS News


Two all-electric vehicles and one hydrogen
fuel cell vehicle recently earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest award,
the Top Safety Pick+. These include the Audi e-tron, the Tesla Model
3 and the Hyundai Nexo. In order to earn an IIHS 2019 Top Safety Pick+
award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all of our crash tests, be available with
a headlight system that also rates good and a front crash prevention system that earns
an advanced or superior rating. The structure of the Tesla Model 3 held up
reasonably well in our driver-side small overlap crash test. The only indication of an injury risk was
a slightly elevated force on the dummy’s lower leg. Overall, the Tesla Model 3 earned a good rating in this test. The Hyundai Nexo, is the first hydrogen fuel
cell vehicle to ever win an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. The Chevrolet Bolt was rated acceptable for
passenger protection in the small overlap crash test. The structure didn’t hold up quite well
enough for the highest rating, plus during the test we observed that the dummy’s head
moved into a gap between the front airbag and the curtain and almost contacted the instrument
panel directly. For these reasons, it didn’t earn the highest
rating. It is disqualified from earning an award because
its only available headlight system is rated poor in our tests, primarily for causing glare
to oncoming drivers. Our recent evaluations show that some vehicles
with a low carbon footprint also offer state-of-the-art safety.

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