Forget the delays that have plagued the manufacture of the Tesla Model 3. This latest stat is one worth paying attention to, especially if you’re interested in buying a new car:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the “Tesla Model 3 achieves the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the NHTSA,” reports the Electrek website.
Electrek notes that, according to Tesla, “NHTSA tested Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive as part of its New Car Assessment Program, a series of crash tests used to calculate the likelihood of serious bodily injury for front, side and rollover crashes. The agency’s data shows that vehicle occupants are less likely to get seriously hurt in these types of crashes when in a Model 3 than in any other car. NHTSA’s previous tests of Model S and Model X still hold the record for the second and third lowest probabilities of injury, making Tesla vehicles the best ever rated by NHTSA.”
Electrek adds, “In the blog post, Tesla explained how the Model 3 achieved this unprecedented level of safety:
‘In addition to its near 50/50 weight distribution, Model 3 was also designed with an extremely low polar moment of inertia, which means that its heaviest components are located closer to the car’s center of gravity. Even though Model 3 has no engine, its performance is similar to what’s described as a “mid-engine car” due to its centered battery pack (the heaviest component of the car) and the fact that Model 3’s rear motor is placed slightly in front of the rear axle rather than behind it. Not only does this architecture add to the overall agility and handling of the car, it also improves the capability of stability control by minimizing rotational kinetic energy.’”
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Here’s a video of the Tesla Model 3 going through the paces of its crash tests that we found on YouTube. It’s about 15 minutes long. Watch as much as you want: