aiAudi’s first all-electric car, the E-Tron SUV, has been awarded the top safety prize by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The first EV to win the award, the E-Tron has bested Tesla’s Model S and the Chevy Bolt, which have competed for the prize in the past but failed to be recognized.
The IIHS has released several videos of the E-Tron taking part in a collision test in which the vehicle was acknowledged for its “crashworthiness.” The car, which features the distinctive E-Tron “Pre Sense Front” automatic emergency braking system, performed exceedingly well, managing to avoid a crash in the 25 mile per hour test and slowing to one mile per hour before impact in the 12 mile per hour test.
Although the IIHS has tested Tesla’s Model S, it still hasn’t fully examined the Model 3 or the Model X, however, there are currently four Model 3s awaiting testing. Whatever the results of those tests, it’s almost certain that Tesla won’t be satisfied if they don’t win the top prize. In 2017, the automaker questioned the organization’s “methods and motivations” after the Model S failed to notch the top safety distinction.
The Audi E-Tron will surely benefit from its positive rating from the IIHS given its a less than stellar debut. The EV’s launch was postponed after Audi’s CEO was arrested for his purported involvement in the Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Then, the release of the E-Tron was put on hold due to a shortage of batteries. To add insult to injury, a few hundred E-Trons were recalled after they hit the market as a result of a fire risk.
Aside from Jaguar’s I-Pace, the E-Tron is one of the only long-range electric vehicles in the luxury segment. Starting at around $75,000, the EV can cover nearly 205 miles on a single charge. The I-Pace and the E-Tron will soon be joined by the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV and the Porsche Taycan, the automaker’s first electric car. It remains to be seen how they will fare with the IIHS.