9/19/2019

Tesla Earns Top IIHS Crash Test Rating

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Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 electric sedan has captured the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, the company’s first IIHS award.

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Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 electric sedan has captured the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating, the company’s first IIHS award.

Tesla’s 2019 Model 3 earned top ratings in the institute’s entire array of barrier crash tests. IIHS gave Hyundai Motor Co.’s Nexo fuel cell vehicle the same overall rating.

A third tested model, the Chevrolet Bolt all-electric car, also earned top scores on all but one of the IIHS crash tests.

The Bolt received a second-best rating in the institute’s demanding passenger-side frontal small overlap crash. The test requires the front corner of a vehicle to absorb the full energy of a 40 mph impact frontal impact.

But the Bolt failed to win a top overall rating because its headlamps created too much glare and received a “poor” score.

Audi AG’s e-tron plug-in electric car is the only other electrified vehicle to win an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating.