The Tesla Model 3 has earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award — the highest safety award given by the organization. The Model 3 is the first Tesla to earn an IIHS safety award, and only the second battery-electric car. The IIHS also recently named the Audi E-tron a Top Safety Pick+, and the Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle also received the award. “Vehicles with alternative powertrains have come into their own,” IIHS chief research officer David Zuby said in a statement. “There’s no need to trade away safety for a lower carbon footprint when choosing a vehicle.” The Model 3 earned the top “good” rating in all IIHS crash tests, a prerequisite for the Top Safety Pick+ award. In addition to crash tests, cars must also perform well in tests for headlights and front-crash prevention systems to earn the top award. The Tesla earned the top “superior” rating for front-crash prevention, as well as the highest “good” rating for its headlights. A second electric car came close to matching the Model 3 in testing, the IIHS noted. The Chevrolet Bolt EV missed out on a Top Safety Pick+ rating because of its headlights,… Read full this story
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