Audi’s first all-electric automobile, the E-Tron SUV, has been named a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It’s the primary battery-electric automobile to earn that distinction, beating out earlier ones that fell brief, like Tesla’s Model S or the Chevy Bolt. The company launched a handful of movies of the E-Tron being smashed up at its check facility, which you’ll be able to see above and under.
The E-Tron earned “good” scores across the board within the IIHS’s “crashworthiness” classes, which is the most effective distinction the group affords. The IIHS additionally discovered that the E-Tron’s “Pre Sense Front” computerized emergency braking system carried out nicely, avoiding a crash within the 25 mile per hour check. (The E-Tron slowed to 1 mile per hour earlier than affect within the 12 mile per hour check.)
The Model 3 hasn’t been totally examined by the IIHS but, although the group lately introduced that it’s currently in the process of putting the car through its paces. (A spokesperson says they’ve 4 Model 3s presently present process or awaiting testing.) The IIHS additionally hasn’t examined the Model X. Tesla questioned the nonprofit group’s “methods and motivations” after the Model S didn’t obtain the highest security choose distinction again in 2017.
ranking from the IIHS is a boon for the E-Tron, which has had a rocky rollout. The car’s unveiling was delayed after Audi’s CEO was arrested for his alleged involvement within the broader Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions dishonest scandal. The precise launch of the automobile was delayed due to battery shortages. And as soon as E-Trons lastly hit the highway, Audi promptly recalled a number of hundred due to a fireplace danger.
Next to Jaguar’s I-Pace, the E-Tron is without doubt one of the first severe long-range electrical automobiles to hit the market within the luxurious section. It begins at round $75,000, and may journey about 204 miles on a single cost. Mercedes-Benz’s EQC electrical SUV began rolling off the production line this summer, and Porsche’s first electrical automobile — the Taycan — will probably be officially revealed in just a few weeks.