Passengers inside a MIC Tesla Model 3 survived a rollover in Shanghai. Pictures of the potentially fatal accident reveal that the car flipped over, but the interior did not cave in, protecting its passengers.
“The top architecture protects the safety of the passengers,” said @cyfoxcat, who shared pictures of the crash. A video shared by @ray4tesla showed that one of the MIC Model’s signal lights was still blinking after the car flipped, which suggests that the vehicle’s internal tech was intact.
There were some markings on one of the back fenders of the car, but the windows seemed to be intact with no visible cracks as well. Pictures show that at least one of the side-mirrors was broken probably when the car flipped over.
Based on the scratches on both the front fender and back fender of the Tesla, the vehicle may have slid on its side before flipping over. However, the vehicle’s doors look like they were unscathed.
Here is the video of the accident. pic.twitter.com/IK4i1SYCSy— Ray4️⃣Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) June 23, 2020
It must be noted that no official report of the crash has been released. The events leading up to the overturned MIC Tesla Model 3 have not been made public yet.
The accident does support Tesla Giga Shanghai’s work on the MIC Model 3. As reported in a previous Tesmanian report, crash tests conducted by the China Insurance Research Institute (CIRI) showed that Giga Shanghai made tremendous safety improvements to the MIC Model 3.
The results of CIRI’s crash tests suggested that Giga Shanghai improved the structural integrity of the locally-made vehicle, especially when compared to the Tesla Model 3 tested by the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) last year.
The Tesla Model 3 made in the Fremont factory received a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro-NCAP), and the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). So it is a hard act to follow, but Giga Shanghai seems to be stepping up to the challenge.