PhotoA distinction for the Chevrolet Bolt.

It's the first all-electric vehicle to earn a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Unlike the Chevy Volt, the 2017 Bolt has no back-up gas engine.

The vehicle got good ratings in all five of the Institute's crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.


The Bolt also has an optional front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating. It avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, and 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, which provide fair to good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers.



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