2019 Chevy Bolt EV Earns 2nd-Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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In September, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its overall report for the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and things didn’t look good. The electric hatchback failed to earn an award because of its Poor-rated headlights. For a vehicle that was the first all-electric car to earn the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award back in 2017, not earning one of the institute’s highest safety rating didn’t sit will with Chevy. So, the automaker made some changes and the IIHS updated its rating, making the Bolt EV a Top Safety Pick.

Meeting all of the necessary requirements saw the Bolt EV earn a rating of good in five of the six crash tests. In the passenger-side small overlap front test, the electric hatchback earned a rating of Acceptable. When it comes to headlights, Chevrolet readjusted the aim to reduce glare. It may seem like a minor change, but it helped both of the Bolt EV’s HID projector headlights earn a rating of Acceptable – up from Poor. The electric vehicle’s optional front crash prevention system earned the highest rating of Superior.

Chevy Bolt EV

The new rating for the headlights applies to all 2019 models and 2018 models built after March 2018. With the change and the Top Safety Pick award, the Bolt EV has been named a Top Safety Pick for three consecutive years starting in 2017. Chevy’s electric hatchback becomes the third all-electric vehicle to earn one of the IIHS’ safety ratings for the 2019 model year. The Tesla Model 3 and the Audi e-tron were recently named Top Safety Pick+ vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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