Chevrolet Bolt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Chevrolet Bolt EV Bolt EV has been declared by the insurance institute of Highway Safety as a very safe car.

How safe? It is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to win am IIHS Top Safety Pick, and the new compact crossover rolling out nationwide this year did so by earning “good” ratings in all five of the IIHS’ crashworthiness tests.

These tests are the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. Putting it over the top is an optional front crash protection system which is required by IHHS to earn its Top Safety Pick status.

Said front crash protection system in IIHS testing earned a “superior” rating, and IIHS requires at least a superior or “advanced” rating for the front crash protection system.

All told, the IIHS smiles upon the crashworthiness of the new car.

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“The car avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and the system has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria,” said the agency.

Unfortunately, the Bolt EV’s headlights were rated “poor” with “fair to good visibility” but with excessive glare to oncoming drivers – and this prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick+ designation.

“To qualify for 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating,” say the IIHS rules.

The Bolt EV is also the highest rated EV in terms of battery range by the U.S. EPA in its sub-$40,000 price category.

All Bolts pass the crash test the same way, but to get the Top Safety Pick version with forward collision warning will set you back $42,760 before the benefits of any tax incentives. The base LT does not offer it, so this means buying a Premier. Its price breaks down as follows: Premier trim – $40,905; DFC – $875; Infotainment Package – $485; Driver Confidence II Package (which includes Pedestrian Braking) – $495; Total – $42,760.

It goes 238 miles on a charge, and is also quick, dashing from 0-30 in an estimated 2.9 seconds or less, and 0-60 in under 6.5 seconds.

A functional vehicle, the five-passenger, front wheel drive car seats five adults comfortably, and sets a new benchmark in price for performance among EVs in its category.

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