Earlier this month, Insider Tech created a video showcasing a Tesla Model Y crash test. This vehicle has earned a remarkable five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Let’s explore the factors that contributed to the Model Y’s impressive performance.
One notable aspect is that the absence of an internal combustion engine in the front of the car significantly enhances passenger safety. The front of the Tesla, with its increased “crumple zone” due to the space provided in the hood, managed to absorb and halt the impact during a head-on collision at 35 miles per hour. This prevented the collapse of the passenger space.
The Model Y incorporates several features based on the safety of the similarly designed Model 3, but its slightly larger size necessitated additional body strength to compensate for the added weight. This results in an enlarged safe zone within the cockpit.
Moreover, the Model Y’s structure enhances its durability in side-on collisions. The car’s durability is aided by the reinforced battery pack, which mitigates the severity of impacts.
During both a side-barrier test and a side-pole impact test, the dummy passenger was swiftly protected by the side airbags while the vehicle’s support structure minimized collapse.
Watch the Tesla Model Y pass its crash test with flying colors in the video below.
What led to the 5-star crash-test rating for Tesla's Model Y? pic.twitter.com/kLhAlW9r9V
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These achievements are significant and serve as a strong selling point for customers seeking a secure electric vehicle.
Moreover, the Model Y’s enhanced safety features have positive spillover effects.
The Tesla Model Y’s battery pack contributes to a lower center of gravity, making it less prone to tipping over. This same feature also allows the vehicle to increase its driving range on a single full charge, according to Yahoo!
In February, the Tesla Model Y won the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award for the third consecutive year. This was in spite of the fact that the IIHS adopted stricter standards this year.
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