Wednesday, July 18, 2018

First Tesla Model 3 Rollover Crash:  ‘Only Minor Injuries, Car Performed Exceptionally Well’, Says Owner

Model 3 after crash (Credit: Owner) Click to Enlarge.
We have yet to see any result from third-party crash tests on the Tesla Model 3, but we are still learning about the safety performance of the car through real-world accidents.

Now an owner reports back on what could be the first reported Model 3 rollover accident.

All-electric vehicles are ... hard to roll over thanks to their often large battery pack installed at the bottom of the vehicle – keeping the center of gravity really low.

But it doesn’t mean that they can’t roll over.  Enough speed combined with hitting an object acting as a ramp and you can see pretty much any car fly.

It’s exactly what happened to a Model 3 owner’s wife this week.

He shared his wife’s accident on the Tesla subreddit (reprinted with permission):
“Figured I would share this since it may be the first rollover accident of a Model 3.  It happened earlier this week, my wife was the only one in the car at the time and her memory of the events is blurry because everything happened so fast but the following is what we know.

She was traveling on the freeway at approximately 70mph in the left lane.  The car collided with a second vehicle in the middle lane.  The front driver side of the Model 3 then hit the cement median with enough force to shear the front wheel off.  Then the slide sideways and started rolling.  A witness said the car rolled “several times” before finally settling upside down.  The other car also hit the median, though much less violently, and we believe the driver was uninjured.”

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