The IIHS Crashed a Chevy Bolt and Liked It

The Chevrolet Bolt just became the first all-electric vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick under the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s 2017 rules.

In order to earn aTop Safety Pick rating from the Institute, a vehicle must produce good ratings across all five crashworthiness tests–small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints–plus, make available a front crash prevention system with that earns a superior or advanced rating.

The Bolt earned good ratings in the five key tests and its front crash prevention system earned a superior rating, preventing collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph on the IIHS test track.

Chevy’s new 238-mile pure EV missed out the Institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to it poorly rated headlights. According to the IIHS the headlights provide fair to good visibility but excessive glare for oncoming drivers relegated their rating.