The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S. has awarded the Top Safety Pick+ distinction to the Genesis Electrified GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6, and Lexus RZ, recognizing their commitment to safety in the electric vehicle (EV) segment.
To earn the Top Safety Pick+ award, these EVs had to achieve good ratings in various crash tests, including driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, original moderate overlap, and updated side crash tests. They were also required to have at least acceptable or good headlights across all available trim levels and feature a front crash prevention system with advanced or superior ratings in both daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Lexus RZ excelled by earning superior ratings in daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention evaluations, demonstrating their strong commitment to pedestrian safety. While the Genesis Electrified GV70 achieved advanced ratings in the same evaluations, it still met the IIHS’s rigorous safety standards.
David Harkey, the President of IIHS, emphasized the importance of maintaining safety as a top priority in electric vehicles, saying, “Making sure safety continues to be a priority in alternatively powered vehicles is critical if we are going to achieve the vision of zero traffic fatalities. To be environmentally friendly, our vehicles and our cities also need to be pedestrian-friendly.”
Hyundai Motor Company’s Global Chief Safety Officer, Brian Latouf, expressed the company’s dedication to customer safety and its commitment to safety engineering and technology integration, highlighting the significance of the IIHS award for the 2023 IONIQ 6 as a testament to Hyundai’s leadership in safety recognition.
This recognition from IIHS underscores the industry’s ongoing commitment to enhancing safety standards in electric vehicles, contributing to safer transportation options for consumers.