Tesla Model Y has been granted 5 stars by NHTSA for safety rating in every single category. One aspect of Tesla that some forget is just how safe these cars are to drive. There are plenty of deliberations when it comes to Tesla’s full self-driving feature and its overall fit and finish, but when it comes down to crash tests, Tesla has a marvelous record.
Tesla’s Model S, X, and 3 have also achieved “the lowest probability of injury” as listed in the chart below.
This chart has been tested by the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment program; it depicts 50 vehicles tested by NHTSA since 2011 and Tesla’s 3 cars (Model 3, Model S, and Model X) are right there at the bottom with the faintest possibility of injury.
So let’s get to Model Y.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s number one priority is safety, without a shadow of a doubt. Back when Tesla unveiled Model Y, their brand-new EV, and it was their very first time with the public, witnessing their new design.
Tesla surely prides themselves that their cars are remarkably safe. Musk talked about safety and tweeted,
When visiting Tesla’s website to order an EV, their first tab is always “safety”.
If you look at Model 3’s safety tab, there are 3 main factors:
- Impact Protection
- A Rigid Structure
- A Very Low Rollover Risk
Model 3 has earned 5 stars in all categories, examined by NHTSA, which is quite impressive. It makes sense for car design, yet this all-glass roof tends to raise some eyebrows. Here is what Tesla had to say about it. “In a roof crush test, Model 3 resists four times its own mass, even with an all-glass roof. That is the same weight as 2 full-grown African elephants”.
When Tesla revealed Model Y, Elon said, “ Like the 3, it will be extremely safe so that the Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury of any car tested by the U.S. government. The Model Y we expect we’ll have a similar result. 5 stars in every category with the battery pack alone low on the floor, it’s going to have a very low center of gravity so this will have the functionality of an SUV but will ride like a sports car, so this thing will be really tight in corners, and we expect it will be the safest midsize SUV in the world by far”.
Model Y Results and Ratings
- First category is frontal crash; we can see what tests look like on various YouTube videos, but NHTSA describes it as “it combines drive and passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating”.
Model Y’s frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35miles/hr. It has won 5 stars in this category, summing up 5 stars for driver safety and passenger safety simultaneously. The front is clearly largely built on Model 3, with additional features for safety.
Here’s a glimpse of a comparison between Model Y and Audi A4 test footage. You can, of course, watch the real deal on several YouTube Channels.
- Second category is side crash. NHTSA defines that it “combines side barriers and side pole star ratings into a single side rating”.
Model Y received 5-star ratings in this category also, since every subsequent category that is taken into account for this rating has also acquired 5 stars.
Frontal seat, rear seat, driver/passenger, and all of the above 5-stars, thus this obviously includes side crashes.
Side pole rating bars sides of Model Y and it showcases just how strong is Model Y. Again, this is exactly like Model 3.
- Third and last category is Rollover. You definitely have to check it out on YouTube because it is mind-blowing.
For most SUVs, this is one category that does not score high points because they are big cars, with a very high chance that in an awful accident, they will rollover.
Tesla Model Y has a very similar size to Honda CR-V Hybrid, BMW X3, Ford Mustang Premium, Audi Q5, and other SUVs. Model Y received a 5-star rollover rating, with a 7.9 rollover risk, as for similar vehicles, they got 4-stars in the rollover section. This is a somewhat higher risk compared to Model 3, which has a 6.6% rollover risk and that is most plausibly just because Model Y is a larger and taller EV in general.
One primary reason the rollover risk is so low in Model Y is due to the low center of gravity that Tesla emphasizes on their Model Y page.
Low center of gravity is principally due to one fact that the whole bottom of a Tesla is a gigantic battery pack which adds a ton of weight to the bottom of EV, thus making it far more difficult to rollover.
This is consistent across all Tesla vehicles, including Model X, coming in at a 9.3 rollover risk, essentially because it is larger than Model Y, and it is heavier.
Accordingly, if you buy Model Y, you’re getting an almost perfect crash test safety rating, and just as anticipated by Elon Musk when they unveiled this vehicle. This presents Model Y, by far, the safest crossover SUV one can purchase today. This is a massive outcome for Tesla because as much as their EVs are fairly more expensive than others, they are fully electric which is a somehow new concept for drivers. Moreover, they have moderately quality control issues that they’ve covered when it comes to safety.
Tesla Scores Safest Cars
Compared to other car companies, Tesla has been around for a while, and thus far, they are creating the safest vehicles out there.
So how are they doing it? According to Tesla, like Model S, X, 3, and now Y they benefit from its all-electronic architecture and powertrain design, consisting of a strong, rigid passenger compartment, fortified battery pack, and overall low center of gravity.
These safety fundamentals help to prevent intrusion into the cabin and battery modules, reduce rollover risk, and distribute crash forces away from cabin-all while providing a foundation for Tesla’s superior front crumple zone that is optimized to absorb energy and crush more efficiently.
At their Vermont Facility, Tesla has a crash test lab and it’s pretty clear that as Elon Musk has mentioned over and over, safety is their priority. Tesla rigorously tests their designs with counterfeit software crash tests, and then ultimately does their own crash testing correspondingly. They point to a few distinct areas that their design shines, including custom front passenger airbags along with strength and support of this firm battery pack, rendering protection from all sides.
Obviously, Tesla is not the sole company that comes up with such ideas. However, they do recognize a discrepancy between two very important perspectives: Between real-world examples and actual crash tests.
Tesla and Accidents
We have been talking about safety itself in an event of an accident. If you do get in a dangerous accident in a Model Y, NHTSA believes you are lucky to have been in that vehicle, as compared to others.
Nonetheless, a big part of avoiding injury is not getting into an accident primarily. It is evidently well-known that Tesla is one trustworthy company when it comes to self-drive and driver assistance features; Tesla included auto-pilot which comes standard with driver assistance features, such as emergency braking, collision warning, and blind spot monitoring. On top of that, autopilot “enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane”.
Hence, autopilot is a group of safety traits, not to forget self-driving features which allows your EV to drive for you within a given lane.
Tesla publishes quarterly vehicle safety reports and in each report, we can see autopilot does get into accidents but with far less frequency than an average driver.
Therefore, safety features reduce the likelihood of an accident, and having autopilot enabled reduces that even further, unlike most people think. After all, if you still get into an accident, you will be in a car with nearly perfect safety measures and definitely perfect safety ratings.
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