The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that Tesla Model 3 has won its highest safety award, Top Safety Pick +, after achieving "good" ratings across the board in all test categories. The Model 3 is the second battery-electric vehicle to win the award, after the Audi e-tron won the previous month.
Model 3 has won several other safety efforts, including 5-star ratings in all categories and the lowest likelihood of injuries ever tested from NHTSA, 5 stars from Euro NCAP while being hailed as setting a "new safety technical reference index" , and 5 stars from the Australian NCAP.
IIHS & # 39; "T op Safety Pick" award requires vehicles to earn "good" driver side ratings, small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head support test, and a good or acceptable assessment in the passenger side small overlap test. Vehicles must also have a front prevention system with an advanced or overall rating and good or acceptable roof light.
The highest level award, " Top Safety Pick +," further requires "good" Rankings in the small overlap test on the passenger side and evaluation of the headlamp.
Model 3 managed to achieve "good" ratings in headlights and all categories for safety violations, along with a "superior" rating for front crash prevention. The only injury risk recorded in IIHS tests was a moderate risk of leg injury in small overlapping driver-side crash tests.
In the same release, IIHS stated that Chevy Bolt narrowly missed a Top Safety Pick award because of "Poor" headlight performance and an "acceptable" small overlap rating on the passenger side.
Model S has previously missed a Top Safety Pick award for the same reason ̵
Here is a video from IIHS announcing the prices, with photos and video from the test procedures. Tesla fans, if you are uneven, you may not see this:
IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby was quoted in the release as stating that "Vehicles with alternative drivelines has come to fruition. There is no need to exchange security for a lower carbon footprint when choosing a vehicle. “Hyundai Nexo, a fuel cell vehicle, has also achieved a Top Safety Pick + award.
Tesla responded to this news with a blog post that stated the award, stating:
We are designing our cars to be the best in the world – in all categories. The Model 3, our most affordable car yet, is no exception. From the start, we designed it to be among the safest cars ever built, with the goal of getting as many Model 3s on the road as possible to continue our mission.
The safety of our customers is what matters most, which is why our active safety features and passive safety equipment come standard on all our cars. We are also committed to making our cars even safer over time through air updates, and help us ensure that all Tesla drivers have access to the best safety features available for their cars.
Tesla was particularly proud of the strength of the Model 3's all-glass roof, which withstood 20,000 kilos of force during testing – more than the weight of five Model 3's – stacked on top of each other.
Earlier, IIHS had said that Model 3's front crash prevention was "superior," but had criticized the earliest cars for its headlights, rating them only as "acceptable." Tesla improved the headlights and IIHS increased its ranking.
Click through to the IIHS website for a complete overview of how Model 3 performed in each test category. Several videos have been posted showing individual page, moderate overlap and small overlap tests on the driver's side.
We've heard a lot of nonsense lately from people trying to suggest that electric cars aren't as safe as ICE cars – like having a gigantic tank of flammable liquid that keeps getting Burned thousands of times a minute would somehow make a car safer.
One of the reasons EVs can be made safer than gasoline cars is because EVs can have larger front-blast zones. Since there is no engine under the bonnet, power energy can be discharged over a longer range, which slows the car more gradually and thus reduces the amount of crash energy transmitted to the driver. This way, when a car crumbles into a crash, it helps make residents safer. Crumple zones have been used in cars since the 1950s.
But despite these benefits, we heard only hours ago the argument that to reduce fuel efficiency is believed to make cars safer . This is a ridiculous assertion that we have previously mentioned about Electrek.
So it's nice to have another confirmation, and it's timely that the current best-selling EV is actually not only "safe enough" but safer than almost any other vehicle on the road.
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