Tesla’s Model X is the first electric SUV of its type with a five-star safety rating given by federal regulators for passing all “crash” tests. The car is second on the safest vehicles list and is behind another Tesla vehicle, the Model S.
Hundreds of other SUV models have been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, in each case, the SUVs received only four stars on one of the component ratings, typically rollover risk. SUVs are more prone to roll over than a typical family sedan because they have a higher center of gravity.
Beside Tesla’s Model X, No SUV had ever managed to win 5 stars in each category
The greatest danger for electric vehicles comes from the batteries. In a case of protection failure, a high temperature is developed and the whole car might burn fast. However, Model X’s battery is well protected. The battery pack that powers Model X is mounted beneath the floor of the vehicle, creating a center of gravity so low that it has the lowest rollover probability of any SUV on the road.
The possibility of absorbing impact as well as the seat-belt and airbag restraint system are tested in collision tests. Model X’s results from this test were astonishing. Among the subcategories rated by NHTSA, including frontal impact, side impact, and pole impact tests conducted on both the driver and passenger side, Model X achieved 5-stars in every category and sub-category. Even in a case of a serious accident, the passengers have a 93% chance of getting out unharmed.
The threat of hacker attacks has not been tested yet, although the NHTSA is not a suitable agency to carry out such tests. The electronics of these vehicles is complex to them, so maybe that’s why there aren’t such tests yet.
Check the video below and watch the 2017 Tesla Model X Frontal Crash Test: