Tesla builds its vehicles with safety as a core principle. First of all, the car must protect the occupants, and then the battery, for which innovative technologies developed by the company are used, explained Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering Lars Moravy.
Tesla vehicles are designed and manufactured with safety as a top priority. This is confirmed by obtaining the highest safety ratings from car safety testing agencies around the world. In addition, Tesla vehicles have proven to be safe in real accidents, not only saving the lives of their occupants but also significantly reducing their injury compared to vehicles from other automakers.
We all know that Tesla does not advertise its products. Instead, the company prefers to share progress reports, tutorials, and instructional videos. Recently, the company has stepped up its marketing efforts and started releasing more instructional videos about its vehicles. On Friday, the company posted a video in which Lars Moravy, VP of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla, explained in more detail why its vehicles provide high protection for occupants from injuries.
Tesla vehicles provide a very low probability of rollover risk & occupant injury.— Tesla (@Tesla) March 31, 2023
Lars Moravy, our VP of Vehicle Engineering, explains why pic.twitter.com/LmJkHer3gS
Moravy explained that protecting the occupants is always the #1 priority for the manufacturer. Second in importance is battery protection. This is all achieved thanks to passive safety systems in Tesla cars, which are introduced in the design stage. He gave explanations using the manufacturer’s best selling car, Model Y, as an example.
To achieve maximum safety, all parts of the body perform a number of important tasks in the event of a collision. A bumper beam, a crash can, and an underbody casting crash gradually and in a controlled manner to absorb impact energy as much as possible and protect occupants and battery. An underbody casting, produced with Tesla's new vehicle manufacturing technology, plays a particularly important role. The ribs of the casting are thinner at the beginning, but as they get closer to the cab, they become thicker to achieve controlled fracture.
“Ribs at the beginning of the casting are thinner than the ones at the back and we progressively increase them so that we have controlled crushing of the entire system as it goes up before it gets to the cabin.”
Thanks to a set of safety measures in the front of the car, with a high degree of probability, it will be possible to open the car doors after a collision. This gives the occupants the opportunity to get out of the car on their own. Moravy demonstrated this by approaching an already wrecked vehicle used in NHTSA testing. Despite the fact that the front of the Model Y was badly crumpled, the doors opened easily, without any problems.
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