Tesla set out to remove the notion that electric cars are slow, boring vehicles that are no more special than glorified golf carts. The company achieved its goal with the original Tesla Roadster, model S, model X, and now model 3. While Tesla's electric cars have proven to be fast on their feet, it is a particular fact that is usually overlooked – it takes a responsible and skilled driver to handle the power provided by the company's vehicles.
This point was recently highlighted in Shenzen, China. Tesla is expected to begin model 3 deliveries in the Asian country, and to help prepare reservation holders and potential customers for the arrival of the sedan; the electric car manufacturer has started a test driving program for the vehicle. Just as planned by Elon Musk for the United States, the test drive units sent to China were initially Model 3 Performance, the top tier variant of the electric sedan known to be very fast, either in linear acceleration or around a track. Unfortunately, a test driver in Shenzen, China turned out to be unprepared for the power of the Model 3 performance.
As shared by Tesla owner-enthusiast JayinShanghai on Twitter, the model 3 test driver ended up crashing the electric sedan. An image of the vehicle, as well as a short clip of the electric car after the accident, showed the major damage to the front of the car. While Tesla has not disclosed the specifications of the incident, the damage inflicted on model 3 suggests performance that the vehicle may have crashed into a rod.
First Tesla Model 3 Performance Crash in China. Test Drive Car in Shenzhen, 3.5 seconds (0-100Km / h) is not for everyone. Photo Credit to 小编 出行 小编 via Weibo #Tesla #TeslaChina # Modell3Performance #TeslaCrash # 特斯拉 pic.twitter.com/K6NsT4QiIv
– JayinShanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) February 7, 2019
Due to crash, Model 3 test stations in Shenzen were immediately stopped, at least until another test unit could be sent to the site. Fortunately, the wait for another model 3 test drive was short. As shared by the Tesla enthusiast Kelvin Yang on Twitter, reports have emerged that another model 3 performance has been sent to Shenzen to replace the crashed test device. Unlike the red sedan that was damaged from the incident, Shenzen's new model 3 Performance test car is painted painted and equipped with 19 "engine track wheels.
Apparently without a blow, Tesla has apparently begun to take test station deals in it New vehicle In a later update, Yang noticed that the new model 3 test drive has already been fully booked, and that interested customers have to wait an average of more than two hours after their turn.
New test drive arrived pic.twitter.com / o3ajG7FXDh
– Kelvin Yang (@ KelvinYang7) February 8, 2019
Tesla's rapid response to the damaged model 3 test unit in Shenzen is impressive, considering that deliveries in the country are not yet underway, The company showed considerable logistics skills by sending another test drive to the city immediately after the first vehicle crash, which, if any, is well suited to the upcoming model 3 deliveries in the region.  Unlike the Tesla Model S P100D and Model X P100D, the Model 3 Performance is not equipped with a dedicated function that optimizes it for linear acceleration. Instead, the Model 3's top variant uses the fast power of its two electric motors, which produces a combined 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. Model 3 performance lives up to its moniker, with its 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds, its top speed of 155 mph, and its range of 310 miles per charge. The car is also equipped with the track mode feature, which optimizes the vehicle for intensive driving around a race track.
See the aftermath of the Shenzen Model 3 Performance Test Device crash in the video below.
Model 3 test car crashed and all test stations in Shenzhen were canceled / facepalm. Video from local WeChat group pic.twitter.com/n3ifTpkVpV
– Kelvin Yang (@ KelvinYang7) February 7, 2019