Tesla Model 3 sets new benchmark for safety in Euro NCAP crash tests

(Photo: Euro NCAP)

The Tesla Model 3 has been deemed as one of the safest vehicles in the road today after undergoing a series of stringent tests by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), an independent body that evaluates the safety of vehicles in Europe. With its stellar scores, the Tesla Model 3 has proven itself to be one of the safest cars ever tested by the agency, especially since Euro NCAP made its safety tests tougher in 2018.  

The Tesla Model 3 was granted a perfect 5-Star rating by the Euro NCAP in all four of its safety tests’ categories: Adult Occupant Protection, which tests how the vehicle protects its driver and passenger; Child Occupant Protection, which gauges the protection of younger occupants; Vulnerable Road Users, which tests a vehicle’s safety features for cyclists and pedestrians; and Safety Assist, which evaluates a car’s active safety capabilities. 

The Model 3 performed well in all four categories, though its score in Safety Assist is incredibly high. This is due to the vehicle’s generous active safety features such as Lane Departure Avoidance and Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance, which were rolled out to the company’s fleet of vehicles through a free over-the-air software update. It should be noted that the Model 3’s 94 score in the Euro NCAP’s Safety Assist category is one of the highest ratings that the agency has given to a vehicle to date. 

The Tesla Model 3’s crash test results from the Euro NCAP. (Credit: Euro NCAP)

Matthew Avery, head of research at Thatcham Research, which conducts the crash tests with the Euro NCAP, noted that Tesla’s focus on the safety of its vehicles is evident in the design of the Model 3. From the absence of an internal combustion engine up front to the battery pack’s low center of gravity, the Model 3 appears to be an electric car designed to keep its occupants safe in the event of an accident. “Tesla has done a great job of playing the structural benefits of an electric vehicle to its advantage. The Tesla Model 3 achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores we have seen to date,” Avery said

Tesla noted in a blog post that the Model 3’s active safety features were the results of the company’s initiative to utilize the data gathered from its fleet of vehicles, which allowed the company to understand how drivers behave in dynamic scenarios on the road. Using this data, Tesla was able to to acquire a precise understanding of the environment around its vehicles and the various ways that accidents can happen, which, in turn, allowed the company to develop and deploy safety features that are designed to mitigate or avoid these potential accidents. 

The Tesla Model 3’s impressive Euro NCAP scores stand as yet another testament to the electric family sedan’s safety capabilities. This all but proves that even when faced with Europe’s stringent safety tests, the Model 3, just like in its tests with the US’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has what it takes to be dubbed as an incredibly robust, quick, futuristic, tank of a car that is built to be as safe as possible. 

Watch the Tesla Model 3’s Euro NCAP crash tests in the video below. 

Tesla Model 3 sets new benchmark for safety in Euro NCAP crash tests
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