The 2019 Audi E-Tron electrical SUV has earned a Prime Security Decide+ ranking from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) — the group’s highest security ranking. The E-Tron is the primary electrical automobile to earn that distinction, though the IIHS hasn’t examined the Audi’s two principal rivals but.
To earn a Prime Security Decide+ ranking, a car should get high “good” scores in all crash checks, an “superior” or “superior” ranking for front-crash prevention, and a “good” ranking for headlights, in accordance with the IIHS. The E-Tron acquired the best “good” ranking in all six IIHS crash checks, and the highest “superior” ranking for its front-crash prevention tech. The usual headlights — LED with automated excessive beams — earned the highest “good” ranking.
A Prime Security Decide+ ranking is a feather in Audi’s cap, however there isn’t actually something for buyers to check it to. The IIHS hasn’t examined E-Tron’s two principal rivals — the Jaguar I-Tempo and Tesla Mannequin X. Whereas all vehicles bought in the USA should meet sure security requirements, IIHS scores give consumers a solution to straight examine the crashworthiness and security options of various automobiles. The Mannequin X earned a five-star total ranking in federal Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) crash checks, however the E-Tron and I-Tempo haven’t undergone the identical checks.
The E-Tron’s Prime Security Decide+ ranking is a minimum of related to consumers evaluating the electrical SUV to internal-combustion fashions. It’s the same state of affairs to the hydrogen fuel-cell Hyundai Nexo, which was additionally lately examined by the IIHS. The Nexo — which additionally earned a Prime Security Decide+ ranking — was the primary fuel-cell car examined by the IIHS. Meaning there isn’t a direct solution to examine the Nexo to the opposite two fuel-cell vehicles at the moment on sale — the Honda Readability and Toyota Mirai — however buyers contemplating making the change to a zero-emission car can do a side-by-side comparability with gasoline fashions.
However whereas hydrogen fuel-cell automobiles stay a distinct segment market, luxurious electrical vehicles just like the Audi E-Tron are anticipated to proliferate. Responding each to Tesla and anticipated stricter emissions requirements, conventional luxurious automakers are planning high-end electrical fashions. The Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV ought to hit showrooms quickly, adopted by the Porsche Taycan sedan. Cadillac is engaged on an electrical SUV as nicely.