Audi's first fully electric car, the E-Tron SUV, has been named as one top safety selection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It is the first battery-electric car that has earned that distinction, with previously beaten cars being beaten Model S from Tesla or the Chevy Bolt. The agency has released a handful of video & # 39; s from the E-Tron that has been destroyed in its test facility, which you can see above and below.
The E-Tron has received "good" ratings across the board in the categories & # 39; crashworthiness & # 39; from the IIHS, which is the best distinction the organization offers. The IIHS also discovered that the "Pre Sense Front" automatic emergency braking system of the E-Tron performed well and avoided a crash at the 25 mile per hour test. (The E-Tron delayed to 1 mile per hour before impact in the 12 mile per hour test.)
Model 3 has not yet been fully tested by the IIHS, although the organization recently announced it is currently trying to test the car. (A spokesperson says they have four Model 3 & # 39; s currently being tested or awaiting testing.) The IIHS has not tested Model X either. Tesla asked the non-profit organization "methods and motivations"After the Model S did not receive the highest distinction in safety selection in 2017.
A good assessment of the IIHS is a blessing for the E-Tron, which has had a rocky rollout. The vehicle reveals was delayed after the CEO of Audi was arrested for his alleged involvement in the wider Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions scandal. The actual release of the car was delayed due to a shortage of batteries. And when E-Trons finally took to the road, Audi promptly called back a few hundred due to a fire hazard.
In addition to Jaguar's I-Pace, the E-Tron is one of the first serious, long-distance electric vehicles on the market in the luxury segment. It starts at around $ 75,000 and can travel around 204 miles with a single load. The EQC electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz started rolling off the car production line this summer, and Porsche & # 39; s first electric car – the Taycan – will be officially unveiled in just a few weeks.