Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Tesla Model 3 earns flawless 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA

Tesla Model S electric car is seen at a dealership in Seoul South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji  Reuters Tesla Model S electric car is seen at a dealership in Seoul South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji Reuters
Nellie Chapman | 21 September, 2018, 23:16

But today it is, because the videos are of recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety tests, which the littlest Tesla just aced. The insurance industry-funded IIHS has only rated the Model S sedan so far, and it earned mostly top "Good" scores on its crash tests, except an "Acceptable" rating for driver's side front small-overlap crash protection. Whether it was front impact, side impact, or rollover testing, the Model 3 performed to a T, earning the full five stars on each test.

Back in 2013, the Tesla Model S not only received a 5-star NHTSA rating, but also broke the testing equipment at an independent lab. In a post last month on Twitter, Musk noted that the absence of a fossil fuel-powered engine in the Model 3 gives the auto longer crumple zones. The Model 3 scored the highest possible marks in this test. Consumer Reports initially denied the Model 3 its coveted "Recommended" rating due to the vehicle's variance in braking distances, which Tesla promptly addressed through an over-the-air software update.

Tesla's ability to deliver on production targets for Model 3 sedans has weighed on its stock in the past, and the company recently acknowledged there were delivery bottlenecks and promised to swiftly iron out the delays. Still, five-star ratings across the board from NHTSA is nothing to sneeze at.

The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings.