Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tesla Model 3 earns flawless 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA

Tesla Model 3 earns flawless 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA

As Tesla rolls out its first electric vehicle aimed at the mass market, high safety ratings for the Model 3 have been a top priority. Still, five-star ratings across the board from NHTSA is nothing to sneeze at.

It's possible to land the top overall NHTSA rating without scoring the top marks for each test. Tesla's Model S and Model X had performed just as well.

Earlier today, the NHTSA posted a few photos of the Model 3 it used for testing.

In the latter test, the Model 3 earned a rollover resistance score of 6.60 percent. He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead. In the case of the Model 3, the analyst pointed out that the vehicle would likely be unrivaled until 2020, when Volvo releases its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating.

Tesla, and electric cars in general, have some distinct advantages over internal combustion engine-powered vehicles when it comes to crash safety.

To get side crash-test ratings, the NHTSA makes two evaluations.

Back in May, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit funded by auto insurers dedicated to reducing the number of accidents on the road, also gave the Model 3 a "Superior" front crash avoidance rating. With the motor mounted near the rear axle rather than in the hood, the front end of the vehicle becomes a generous crumple zone to soak up the impact in the event of a head-on collision.

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