Before any car hits the market,car manufacturers must provide their vehicles with the proper safety system. But far from always released cars will have 100 percent security guarantees. In order to indicate to car manufacturers (and consumers) about design flaws, there are independent organizations conducting crash tests. And recently, one of the largest such companies named the safest electric car. And this is not Tesla.
Who tests cars for safety
Most often, the organizer isThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an American nonprofit organization funded by car insurance companies. Her activities are aimed at reducing the number of traffic accidents, as well as at reducing damage and the severity of injuries sustained in accidents. The company has compiled safety ratings for popular passenger cars and consumer products related to road safety since the 1950s.
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Most recently, company specialiststested the 2019 Audi E-tron SUV. And he, as you might have guessed, received the highest rating from qualified experts. Moreover, the E-tron is the first electric car to receive the TOP SAFETY PICK + award. To receive such an award, you must perfectly pass six collision tests that simulate various traffic situations, as well as get an excellent (or good) assessment of the quality of the headlights and the operation of braking systems and the prevention of frontal collisions.
Audi E-tron has proven itself inimpact tests, having received excellent marks in tests for impacts from the driver, impacts from the front and from the front passenger seat. A little worse (but still not beyond the scope of excellent ratings) Audi E-tron coped with shock tests in the area of the roof, trunk and rear passenger seats. The standard off-road collision avoidance system avoided the collision in the test at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour. The “smart” system allowed to reduce the speed by more than 2 times (up to 17 kilometers per hour) from the moment of an emergency to the moment of collision with an obstacle.
The only component not rated"Excellent" (but only "good") are the headlights. Dipped beam, turn signals and brake signals are not satisfactory. But the main beam was not able to fully satisfy the “examiners” due to insufficient lighting angle. However, experts praised the proprietary High-beam assist system, which automatically switches between low and high beam depending on the presence of other vehicles nearby.
In the field of recent events, experts have begunpay more and more attention to the safety of electric vehicles, because cars with an electric motor are becoming more and more popular and affordable (although their prices are not falling as fast as we would like). If you are subscribed to our news Telegram channel, then you must remember that just recently, a Tesla car caught fire on the roads of Moscow. By the way, in 2018 Model 3 could not get the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Then the experts criticized the headlights of the car, and in a series of clashes, the brainchild of Elon Mask was completely rated as “satisfactory”. Since then, the company has no longer carried out checks on Tesla cars.