The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have previously stated that Model S and Model X of Tesla had the lowest and second lowest probability of injury amongst all the cars tested then. Tesla developed their Model 3 based on their existing advanced architecture of Model S and Model X, which has not just received a five star rating for safety in every category and sub-category, but also termed as the car with the lowest probability of injury compared to all other cars ever tested by NHTSA.
Car manufacturers are constantly working towards delivering better vehicles that are engineered with high priority given to performance, durability and the driver’s safety. Tesla is engineering next-generation cars to provide safer driving experience to its customers.
As a part of their New Car Assessment Program, NHTSA conducts a number of crash tests used to measure the possibility of critical physical injury for side, front, and rollover crashes. The Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive was tested by NHTSA for the same. The data of the NHTSA tests states that there is a less probable chance of drivers getting a critically injured in such crashes when inside Model 3 compared to other cars. Moreover, with Model S and Model X claimed to have second lowest and third lowest likelihood of damage, Tesla vehicles are the best rated cars by NHTSA.
The car’s architecture improves the capability of stability control with minimized rotational kinetic energy, along with its contribution to the handling and agility of the car. The car is equipped with a powertrain design consisting of rigid and robust passenger compartments, all-electric architecture of Model 3 similar to those of Model S and Model X, secure battery pack, and the low center of gravity. This structure allows the reduction of rollover risks, help prevent intrusion in battery and cabin modules, and help in the systematic distribution of crash forces away from the cabin.
The body structure of Model 3 is designed to withstand the roof-crush loads which is equivalent to more than four times the weight to the car and with a low deformation of the structure. While NHTSA require a car to withstand loads of three times their own weight, Tesla’s Model 3 surpasses the standards of NHTSA.
With rollover accidents contributing to injuries and deaths on the roads in the United States significantly, cars like Tesla’s Model 3 are likely to bring a change in these scenarios.