Who Doesn’t Like a Good Car Crash?

June 14, 2017

Dummies don’t lie.

Electric vehicles are safer for several reasons, not least of which are a lower center of gravity, and the flexibility and additional space that an electric drive system gives to engineers in providing best possible protection.


Close to my heart, since I’ve been in a few crashes that I walked away from, and pulled  bodies out of more than a few that someone did not walk away from.


First crash test videos showing a Tesla Model X undergoing a series of violent crashes have been published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The crash tests consisting of a head on collision, a side crash, and one that simulates a side impact against a pole, highlights Tesla’s impressive safety-first design of the vehicle.

Like the Model S, Model X boasts spacious front and rear crumple zones that absorb crash energy and protect occupants from harm. The vehicle’s floor-mounted battery keeps the Model X’s center of gravity extremely low to the ground, making a rollover near impossible. The crash test videos also show the effectiveness of Model X’s twelve airbags that are designed to cocoon occupants in the event of a collision.

Tesla’s Model X has yet to receive an official New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating by the NHTSA, but certainly has a reputation to maintain after the Model S took top honors from both the US NCAP and the Euro NCAP crash test programs. In fact, the Tesla Model S was so good at protecting its occupants that it actually broke the crash testing equipment being used.

The NCAP rating was instituted by the NHTSA to encourage manufacturers to build safer vehicles by instituting a 5-Star Safety Ratings program. According to the NHTSA, “the 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates how vehicles perform in crash tests. NHTSA conducts frontal, side and rollover tests because these types account for the majority of crashes on America’s roadways.”




3 Responses to “Who Doesn’t Like a Good Car Crash?”

  1. vierotchka Says:

    This amateur footage caught the moment TV Presenter Richard Hammond crashed an electric supercar whilst filming in Switzerland.

  2. mboli Says:

    I know those are only dummies, but I get very uncomfortable and stop watching when the view starts showing people-like things being thrown around like that.
    (Yes, I understand that we are supposed to see that they are comparatively well protected.)

  3. funslinger62 Says:

    A groom-to-be was leaving a parking lot after having dropped off his bride-to-be following the rehearsal dinner. He was hit in the driver’s side of the Model X rental by a car traveling 65 mph while fleeing the police. The man survived with only a nasty wound to a hand. He was patched up and married on schedule.


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