Why Tesla's Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating

  • Опубликовано: 3 года назад

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    SUVs are generally safe, but have a high rollover probability. Tesla was able to overcome this obstacle with their Model X SUV. Here's how they did it.
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    The following is a transcript of the video:
    Narrator: This Tesla Model X refuses to roll over. Unlike most SUVs which tend to roll over with ease, the Model X continues to return to an upright position. Here's why the Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating. When it comes to vehicle safety, size matters. So it's not uncommon for SUVs to be generally safer than your standard sedan. However, they tend to have one big shortcoming. Rollovers.
    SUVs are notorious for having a high center of gravity causing them to roll over when put into tight maneuvering situations, or a side impact. Rollovers can result in the partial or full ejection of passengers from the vehicle, increasing the chances of injury or death. In 2016, rollovers happened in one percent of serious crashes in passenger vehicles but accounted for one-third of collision-related deaths.
    Over the past three decades, automakers have been able to reduce the frequency of rollovers in vehicles with technology and more stable designs. However, once a serious impact occurs it's just basic physics. A higher center of gravity increases the likelihood of a car tipping or rolling over.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is the only organization that tests rollover resistance. They also test frontal crashes and side impacts from a pole and barrier. After each test, they measure readings from a dummy to determine how much damage a real person is likely to sustain. They use this data to determine a safety rating in each category and an overall safety rating for the vehicle.
    Amongst its many luxury features, the Model X hosts active safety technology such as collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking. But what sets the Model X apart is its design. Like other Teslas, the Model X has a large, rigid battery pack located on the floor of the vehicle. This gives the Model X a much lower center of gravity than your average SUV. In the event of a collision that would normally cause an SUV to roll over, this would happen instead.
    But rollovers are just one aspect of the safety test. Since the Model X is an electric vehicle, there's no need for mechanical components in the hood of the car. This allows for a much larger crumple zone to absorb energy from a frontal crash. It also has specially-made side sills that absorb energy in addition to its rigid side pillars. These features help reduce the force exerted on passengers and increases their protection. But if you don't have $80,000 laying around for a Model X there’s still plenty of SUVs out there with excellent safety ratings.
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    Why Tesla's Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating

Adam Who +1
Adam Who

I love that this 'safety feature' is nothing more than a by product of an incredibly heavy/bulky power source.

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Daniel Ko +7
Daniel Ko

Parents: This would be a nice first car for our son! (Checks the price) Honda Civic would do just fine.

3 года назад
YR DEAD +899

My uncle has a Tesla and when it was 3 weeks old he was over confident he crashed into a tall curb and we were on our side, just when we were about to call for help, it rolled back with no damage

3 года назад

Crazy I was in a 5 Time rollover I stayed with my seatbelt on and my friend the driver flew out the front window on the first flip... All he had were scratches and I was flown by helicopter to ICU with multiple broken bones and a suspected pulmonary embolism. 60,000$ in hospital bills later coulda just bought a tesla theses days and claimed insurance 🙄🤔🤣

Thailand Dtect +148
Thailand Dtect

Having worked in the automotive industry for 35 years as an engineer here are a couple of facts:

2 года назад
CookieChi +17

i think it'd be interesting to give the vehicle an internal gyroscope for supreme stability, but little do i know if it might make driving harder

ing +5

Imagine being in a riot and flipping a Tesla Model X only for it to roll back on to it's wheels.... probably killing you.

3 года назад
glasslinger +22

Make sure you have "full replacement value" insurance for the car! My friend had an accident (not his fault even) one year after he bought the car. The insurance only offered him about half the actual value of the car, far less than it would cost to buy a replacement. It took him thousands of dollars in legal fees and two years time to take them to court.

3 года назад
Jamie Sachtleben +637
Jamie Sachtleben

When a large portion of its weight (the battery) is basically at axel level, crazy things happen.

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Camilla Koutsos nz +4
Camilla Koutsos nz

My sister’s little Tesla 3 rides on rails. It’s the first American car I haven’t found “boaty” when cornering. Seriously fun to drive.

John Brown +2
John Brown

Thank God Tesla is doing something about this common problem.

3 года назад
Larion233 +92

Although it's nice that the batteries lower the center of gravity, isn't it kind of bad for fire hazards as well? If those batteries set fire (which they do) they're right under your feet, as opposed to an engine in the front or back of the car where a lot of the heat would vent outside instead.

SpyC +19

If you get in a crash that bad with your Tesla, the only thing that will be hurting is your bank account

3 года назад
Kohen Stoke +195
Kohen Stoke

I think we all know that the M1 Abrams Standard Battle tank is the best road vehicle.

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Boeing 737 800 +1
Boeing 737 800

É praticamente impossível morrer a bordo de um Tesla, não só pela segurança passiva como pela segurança ativa e seus recursos únicos

2 года назад
Nick Christopoulos +14
Nick Christopoulos

No other car suspension system can be compared with the Citroen's hydropneumatic suspension system.

Larry +5

The battery back definitely helps but they only showed the moose test and sand test. Meanwhile the footage they showed repeatedly of other SUVs like the Volvo literally had the SUV catapulted off a ramp. Not the same thing

3 года назад
Isaac 84 +1
Isaac 84

So in other words, smaller electric suvs with battery their packs on the floorboard all have a lower center of gravity thus better at avoiding roll overs than their internal combustion engine counterparts. Got it! 👌

Julian Pbt +7
Julian Pbt

Let me just summarise the last 4 minutes :

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Agent piggles +39
Agent piggles

We have a model x and this makes me much happier knowing that in a crash like this you are much safer

3 года назад


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