The Road Safety Institute announced that the Tesla Model 3 received the highest safety award, Top Safety Pick +, after receiving consistently "good" ratings in all test categories. The Model 3 is the second award-winning battery electric vehicle after the Audi e-tron last month.
The Model 3 has received several other safety checks, including 5-star ratings in all categories and the lowest probability of injury ever tested by NHTSA, 5 stars by Euro NCAP, while calling it a "new benchmark for safety technology" and 5 stars from the Australian NCAP.
IIHS & # 39; T op Safety Pick " The award assumes that the vehicles are in the driver overlap test (Small Overlap Front), the Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, Head Restraint test) and the passenger-side overlap test (Small Overlap Test) received a good or acceptable rating. Vehicles must also have a higher or higher rated front impact protection system and good or acceptable rating headlamps.
The highest award, " Top Safety Pick +", continues to be "good" ahead Reviews in the test for minor overlaps on the passenger side and in the rating of the headlights.
The Model 3 scored "good" for headlamps and all crashworthiness categories as well as a "superior" rating for preventing a frontal crash. The only injury risk identified in IIHS tests was a moderate risk of leg injury in crash tests with small overlaps on the driver's side.
In the same publication, IIHS stated that the Chevy Bolt narrowly missed "Poor" headlamp performance due to a Top Safety Pick award and an "acceptable" rating for the small overlap on the passenger side.
The Model S previously missed the "Top Safety Pick" award for the same reason.
Here's a video of the announcement of IIHS's awards, with photos and videos of the testing process. Tesla fans, if you're squeamish, you should not watch this video:
David Zuby, Chief Research Officer of the IIHS, was quoted in the press release as saying " Vehicles with alternative drives have proven themselves. When choosing a vehicle, safety does not have to be exchanged for lower CO2 emissions. "The Hyundai Nexo, a fuel cell vehicle, has also been awarded the Top Safety Pick + award in the following words:
We develop our cars to be the best in the world – in every category. Model 3, our cheapest car so far, is no exception. From the beginning, we designed it to be one of the safest cars ever built, with the goal of bringing as many models as possible on the road to advance our mission.
The safety of our customers is the most important reason why our active safety features and passive safety equipment are standard on all our vehicles. We're also committed to making our cars safer over time through wireless updates to ensure that all Tesla drivers have access to the best available security features for their cars.
Tesla was particularly proud of the strength of the all-glass roof of the Model 3, which withstood 20,000 pounds of force during the test – more than the weight of five stacked models 3.
Earlier, IIHS had classified the Model 3's front-crash prevention as "superior," but criticized the earliest vehicles for their headlights and rated them only "acceptable." Tesla improved the headlights and IIHS increased their rating.
Click through the IIHS website for a complete breakdown of the Model 3's performance in each test category. Several videos have been posted that show crash tests on the single page, with moderate overlaps and with small overlaps on the driver's side.
Lately, we've heard a lot of nonsense from people claiming that electric cars are not as safe as ICE cars – as if you had a huge tank of flammable liquid that was always with you burned at a rate of thousands of times per minute to make a car safer.
One reason among many that electric vehicles can be made safer than gas cars is because EVs can have larger front crumple zones. Since there is no engine under the bonnet, the impact energy can be dissipated over a longer range. This slows down the vehicle and reduces the impact energy transmitted to the driver. In this way, it helps to make the occupants safer when a car collapses in an accident. Since the 1950s, crumple zones have been used in cars.
Despite these advantages, we heard the argument a few hours ago that should make safer cars safer . This is a ridiculous claim, as we described earlier on Electrek.
So it's nice to have another confirmation, timely, that the currently best-selling EV is indeed not only "safe enough", but safer than almost all other vehicles on the road ,
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