In the recent crash test conducted by NHTSA, the entry-level Tesla Model 3 received a 5-star safety rating
Tesla Model 3 has scored 5-star rating in the recent crash test conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety Rating (NHTSA) which was expected as the company has a good reputation in these tests. The NHTSA conducted three tests – frontal crash test, side impact and side pole test.
The videos released by NHTSA shows how the Model 3 performed in each test, while the side impact and side pole test are similar to IC powered cars. The Model 3 doesn’t come with an engine at the front and the company has given big crumple zone, which is different from regular cars.
The video shows how the impact absorbed by the crumple zone and the vacant engine bay has also helped the forces to dissipate much more evenly. Tesla has also given lots of safety features for Model 3 like airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control and lots of advanced technology like blind spot monitoring, auto emergency brake and more.
The Model 3 is the cheapest Tesla available in the market and the company is not able to make enough cars as demand is really high. The entry-level Tesla also had lots of production issues as initially, they decided to make manufacturing completely in the hand of robots and it didn’t work well.
Then the company had to make some changes and they are slowly ramping up production, but the backlog is enormous. Tesla sold 17,800 units of Model 3 in August, which is an all-time for an electric car in the US and this has helped the sedan to outsell the entire passenger division of BMW including i3, i8, X1, X2, Z4, 2 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series.
The Model 3 is powered by a single electric motor with rear wheel drive and dual motor with the all-wheel-drive system in which single motor battery pack has a capacity of around 60 kWh and 75 kWh for dual battery. According to Tesla, the Model 3 offers 346.01 km range and 0-100 kph in 6 sec.