Near Miss: Two All-Electric Cars Fall Short of Earning an IIHS Safety Award

This article reports on the recent safety evaluations of two all-electric vehicles (Tesla Model 5 an BMW i3) and two plug-in hybrid models (Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime). The two all-electric vehicles fell short of meeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) awards criteria, but the two plug-in hybrids earned the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness evaluations — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — and have an available front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating. The article reports on details of each of the vehicles considered, emphasizing that small changes to the vehicles that did not earn top ratings may result in improved ratings for newer models. One chart summarizes the results in each of the areas tested for the four vehicles under discussion.


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  • Accession Number: 01637807
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2017 5:06PM