Following the footsteps of Model S, another vehicle from the stables of electric giant Tesla dubbed ‘Model X’, has earned 5 stars in all categories in the crash tests conducted by the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The safety regulatory body mentioned in a blog post that Model X is the safest SUV ever after conducting independent testing on the electric SUV. It has not only received highest safety rating, but has also set a benchmark in the injury risk category as stated by NHTSA. The data from NHTSA shows that Model X has the lowest probability of injury of all the SUVs it has ever tested save for the Model S that leads in this category.
While the electric SUV can survive crashes, Tesla’s self-driving system enables averting crashes. In fact, NHTSA had previously reported that Tesla’s autonomous system can reduce the crash rates by 40%. Tesla’s self-driving cars are estimated to save almost 40,000 lives every year in the U.S. Read – Tesla Becomes World’s 4th Most Valuable Car Company
Coming to the Model X, it sports a bottom mounted battery pack that is spread across the vehicle base. This in turn diverts the centre of gravity lower down and distributes it uniformly as against the other SUVs with fuel injected engines. The lower centre of gravity reduces the risk of rollovers, which is usually the case with other SUV models with high ground clearance. Read – Tesla Model 3 – India Launch Details & Pictures
As per NHTSA’s ratings, Model X scored an astonishing 93% in the passenger safety category, that further adds to its credibility. Tesla’s top boss, Elon Musk lately hinted at venturing into India, albeit the company has not made an official announcement on its India foray. With India readying to mass shift to EVs by 2030, Tesla could change its mind and make inroads into the Indian market in the coming years. Currently, Mahindra is the only company in India to offer EVs like e20 Plus and e-Verito.