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Rivian R1T crash-tested by IIHS, winning top safety title

The Rivian R1T was the first electric pickup ever to go through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing regimen—and it received high marks.

The IIHS announced on Friday that the R1T has won the top Safety Pick+ award. The award applies to the 2022 and 2023 R1T models, including crash test scores and ratings for safety-related features such as headlights and collision prevention technology.

To receive the Top Safety Pick+ award, vehicles must score the highest “Good” in all six IIHS crash test categories, including driver and passenger minor pre-collision, crash Moderate front crash, original crash, roof and front end strength. restraint tests.

2022 Rivian R1T IIHS crash test

2022 Rivian R1T IIHS crash test

Top Safety Pick+ status means that the R1T also earns high ratings for its standard headlights and forward collision prevention system. All versions come with LED projector headlights that are rated “Good” and the front collision prevention system has earned the highest “Excellent” ratings in both vehicle-to-car and mid-way tests. vehicles with pedestrians during the day.

The Rivian R1T was one of our finalists last year for the Best Car to Buy category. We found it almost perfect in its mission as a personal electric van. These IIHS safety ratings are another plus in the Rivian range, although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet released safety ratings for the R1T, and neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA. are not disclosed for the relevant Rivian R1S SUV.

Several electric vehicles are currently on the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ list, including the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi Q4 E-Tron, among others. However, no other electric pickup truck has made this list to date, and in fact, the Toyota Tundra is the only pickup of any kind to be named the Toyota Tundra. Top Safety Pick+ for 2022.

Although some electric vehicles have received top safety ratings, there are growing concerns about greater weight of EVsand what that means in collisions with lighter and/or older internal combustion vehicles. Those concerns are at an extreme in the GMC Hummer EV weighs 9,000 poundswhich also came in the past year.

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