GerryAZ wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:22 pm
I am not surprised by the results for LEAF. The LEAF is classed as a midsize car and it is much heavier than the average midsize car. The weight distribution is balanced front/rear and side/side which helps with handling and braking to avoid crashes. Also, the large battery mass is directly under the passenger compartment so crash forces are absorbed by sheet metal rather than violently accelerating the passenger compartment. I was amazed how well the 2011 performed when it was rear-ended by a 3/4-ton 4X4 diesel pickup while I was stopped at a traffic light. The back of the LEAF and the front of the pickup absorbed a lot of energy, but I did not feel significant crash force acceleration.
Since weight distribution and overall size are similar, I would expect the Tesla Model 3 to perform well in real world crashes and crash avoidance. The battery mass under the passenger compartment helps in real world crashes, but penalizes EV's during crash testing into fixed barriers.
To add to crashworthiness; If you didn't read the blog, just look at the pix. I was t boned by a large car doing 40+ mph with the initial impact directly on the drivers door. I walked away literally w/o a scratch. (I worked a 10½ shift less than 30 hours later)
What I realized is the extra bracing for the battery pack not only protects the pack but it also protected me. Despite "extensive" exterior damage, the inside damage (minus the air bags) was ZERO.
IOW; side collisions have no crumple zones (which is a VERY good thing!) with the impact shoving me sideways until I hit the curb (the wheel on that side was destroyed) This forced the intruding car to pivot sideways with our cars ending up side by side facing opposite directions. I was literally 5 feet from the other driver.
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2011 SL; 44,598 mi, 87% SOH. 2013 S; 44,840 mi, 91% SOH. 2016 S30; 29,413 mi, 99% SOH. 2018 S; 25,185 mi, SOH 92.23%. 2019 S Plus; 10,081 mi, 95.03% SOH
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