The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given top billing to Tesla’s “mass market” electric vehicle, the Model 3, saying it has the lowest and second lowest probability of injury rating of all the cars the safety testing agency has put to the test.
The popular EV, now the biggest selling car in its category in the US, has its architecture based on its more expensive sister models the Model X and Model S. The agency assessment delivers it a perfect Five Star rating as well as the lowest probability of injury to occupants.
The results of the NHTSA testing has been widely anticipated for the last few weeks, since CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter on September 20, 2018, that the Model 3 had ‘a shot at being safest car ever tested’.
The results—and videos—are now out, showing that the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive beats all other vehicles tested by the NHTSA on probability of serious injury to those inside, including the Model X and S.
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