The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been put through its paces (via several crash test procedures), and has come out with a IIHS Top Safety Pick award.
The Bolt turned in good reports in all five crashworthiness tests, and only fell short on one count: poor-rated headlights.
On that count, IIHS explains:
"They provide fair to good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers."
Full IIHS statement (and more crash videos) on the Chevy Bolt EV Safety award below:
Chevrolet Bolt earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The small car is new for the 2017 model year. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, it has no back-up gas engine.
The Bolt earns good ratings in all five of the Institute’s crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It also has an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. 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.
To earn a TOP SAFETY PICK award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and an available front crash prevention system with a superior or advanced rating. Vehicles that meet those criteria and also have good or acceptable headlights earn TOP SAFETY PICK+.
The Bolt is available only with poor-rated headlights. They provide fair to good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers.
Gallery (below): Some IIHS follow-up photographic reporting (click to enlarge)