Audi’s first all-electric car, the E-Tron SUV, has been named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It’s the first battery-electric car to earn that distinction, beating out previous ones that fell short, like Tesla’s Model S or the Chevy Bolt. The agency released a handful of videos of the E-Tron being smashed up at its test facility, which you can see above and below. The E-Tron earned “good” ratings across the board in the IIHS’s “crashworthiness” categories, which is the best distinction the organization offers. The IIHS also found that the E-Tron’s “Pre Sense Front” automatic emergency braking system performed well, avoiding a crash in the 25 mile per hour test. (The E-Tron slowed to 1 mile per hour before impact in the 12 mile per hour test.) The Model 3 hasn’t been fully tested by the IIHS yet, though the organization recently announced that it’s currently in the process of putting the car through its paces. (A spokesperson says they have four Model 3s currently undergoing or awaiting testing.) The IIHS also hasn’t tested the Model X. Tesla questioned the nonprofit organization’s “methods and motivations” after the Model S didn’t receive the top safety pick distinction back in 2017. A good rating from the IIHS is a boon for the E-Tron, which has had a rocky rollout. The vehicle’s unveiling was delayed after Audi’s CEO was arrested for his alleged involvement in the broader Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. The actual release of… [Read full story]
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