Telsa Model 3 storms the charts, becomes best-selling auto in the Netherlands

Daniel Fowler
September 19, 2019

The Model 3 earned big points for its performance in the driver-side small-overlap front crash test, one of the most challenging tests to score well at as well.

As indicated by enlistment information (by means of kentekenradar), 2,261 new Model 3 vehicles were enrolled in the Netherlands so far this month - bringing the complete offers of the Model 3 in the nation in 2019 to more than 10,000 units.

In the IIHS tests, Model 3 was evaluated for crashworthiness, occupant protection, crash avoidance, and headlight systems.

The safety testing also included the glass roof of the Model 3, which successfully resisted over 20,000 pounds of force. The Model 3 compact sedan was also praised for its front crash prevention system for its ability to avoid collisions at 12 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour.

The car's structure held up well in the driver-side small overlap front test, IIHS said.

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Tesla Model 3 has a lot to owe to its powertrain design which gives the auto a low center of gravity which reduces roll-over risk.

"The fact that the battery can be placed in in a variety of places, maybe with more flexibility than a gas tank, [also] provides the potential to make electric vehicles safer", chief IIHS research officer David Zuby told CNBC.

"Although intrusion overall into the driver's space was minimal, door hinge pillar intrusion contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg", IIHS wrote after the small overlap driver's side test. "There's no need to trade away safety for a lower carbon footprint when choosing a vehicle". After hitting the frontal airbag during the test, the dummy's head moved toward the gap between the frontal and side airbags, leaving it vulnerable to contact with hard parts of the vehicle interior. Its headlights also earned the top nod.

As The Verge reports, the Model 3 is the second electric vehicle to achieve the award following the Audi E-Tron.

The Model 3 has done exceptionally well in the other US crash-test program, the NCAP ratings run by the NHTSA.

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