SUVs are generally safe, but have a high rollover probability. Tesla was able to overcome this obstacle with their Model X SUV. Here's how they did it.

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Narrator: This Tesla Model X refuses to roll over. Unlike most SUVs which tend to roll over with ease, the Model X continues to return to an upright position. Here's why the Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating. When it comes to vehicle safety, size matters. So it's not uncommon for SUVs to be generally safer than your standard sedan. However, they tend to have one big shortcoming. Rollovers.

SUVs are notorious for having a high center of gravity causing them to roll over when put into tight maneuvering situations, or a side impact. Rollovers can result in the partial or full ejection of passengers from the vehicle, increasing the chances of injury or death. In 2016, rollovers happened in one percent of serious crashes in passenger vehicles but accounted for one-third of collision-related deaths. 

Over the past three decades, automakers have been able to reduce the frequency of rollovers in vehicles with technology and more stable designs. However, once a serious impact occurs it's just basic physics. A higher center of gravity increases the likelihood of a car tipping or rolling over.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is the only organization that tests rollover resistance. They also test frontal crashes and side impacts from a pole and barrier. After each test, they measure readings from a dummy to determine how much damage a real person is likely to sustain. They use this data to determine a safety rating in each category and an overall safety rating for the vehicle.

Amongst its many luxury features, the Model X hosts active safety technology such as collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking. But what sets the Model X apart is its design. Like other Teslas, the Model X has a large, rigid battery pack located on the floor of the vehicle. This gives the Model X a much lower center of gravity than your average SUV. In the event of a collision that would normally cause an SUV to roll over, this would happen instead.

But rollovers are just one aspect of the safety test. Since the Model X is an electric vehicle, there's no need for mechanical components in the hood of the car. This allows for a much larger crumple zone to absorb energy from a frontal crash. It also has specially-made side sills that absorb energy in addition to its rigid side pillars. These features help reduce the force exerted on passengers and increases their protection. But if you don't have $80,000 laying around for a Model X there’s still plenty of SUVs out there with excellent safety ratings.

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Why Tesla's Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating

Comments

    • Nexic Dia
      Nexic Dia

      If you give THIS car to a Russian driver he would roll it over within 40 seconds

      about 2 hours ago
    • MVP_KZ
      MVP_KZ

      But when are we getting flying cars? :)

      about 1 day ago
    • insanIty
      insanIty

      Mercedes G Class, actually.

      about 3 days ago
    • I Commando
      I Commando

      When you create the heaviest SUV it's no wonder they roll.
      An incidental pro that comes with the heavy flaw of electric cars.
      There is nothing clever about any of it which is something this video tries to make out to be so bad.

      about 4 days ago
    • Sandy
      Sandy

      Google Tesla fires. These cars are LETHAL.

      about 5 days ago
    • WS P
      WS P

      Wait, they were testing the Tesla on sand...umm, am I the only one that thinks that is not a realistic/accurate test?
      Seems to me that the sand would absorb a lot of kinetic energy and dampen the rollover effect. Just wondering what anyone else thought.

      about 5 days ago
    • 100,000 subscribers without any videos
      100,000 subscribers without any videos

      I named my dog Tesla because she never rolls over :(

      about 6 days ago
    • universalchiro
      universalchiro

      Tesla: "We have produced the safest vehicle on the road."
      Big Oil and Big Auto: "Everyone short Tesla stock, that is our last hope to continue selling you cars that hurt the planet."

      The truth always comes out, Tesla will dominate the future. Short squeeze coming.

      about 8 days ago
    • Shakil Rahman
      Shakil Rahman

      #teslavans. Vans shoes do da same

      about 9 days ago
    • Nexus
      Nexus

      Mars?

      about 10 days ago
    • Eva Phone
      Eva Phone

      If it's rolls over the doors c
      Won't open

      about 12 days ago
    • I'm Fe4rlless
      I'm Fe4rlless

      In Russia you don't flip the car the car flip you

      about 13 days ago
    • Legxndary
      Legxndary

      Definitely a biased video (as much as I like Tesla), you can see at 0:11 that the car compared to it in terms of stability has a much greater initial speed and was probably accelerating whereas the Tesla started off at a steady speed

      about 14 days ago
    • Saarthak Khanna
      Saarthak Khanna

      At 2:38 what was expecting an engine ?

      about 16 days ago
    • bintang rjp
      bintang rjp

      Omg i see jordan car being destroyed and im laughing😂

      about 16 days ago
    • Just TF
      Just TF

      Elon would be Proud

      about 18 days ago
    • Jwjw De 3rd
      Jwjw De 3rd

      Vans with wheels

      about 18 days ago
    • Made this for Restricted videos
      Made this for Restricted videos

      Real long way to say "heavy battery on bottom make car stay on ground"

      about 18 days ago
    • Alexia Rai
      Alexia Rai

      Wait......


      *the model x is considered a suv?*

      about 18 days ago
    • Andrew Robinson
      Andrew Robinson

      Because it has 50 tons of batteries on the bottom of it lmao

      about 19 days ago
    • Like_aleprechaun
      Like_aleprechaun

      Or save a few million for a Mining truck that’ll be safe

      about 19 days ago
    • Amit Yadav
      Amit Yadav

      It refuses to roll over it was pulled back again with the rope attached 0:01, on the edge where it was about to roll over rope tightens up,

      about 19 days ago
    • Amit Yadav
      Amit Yadav In reply to Amit Yadav

      Also sand makes huge barrier below on the left

      about 19 days ago
    • GameKnight76
      GameKnight76

      I bet a Nokia phone could flip the car

      about 19 days ago
    • Tuna Kandemir
      Tuna Kandemir

      Batteries

      about 20 days ago
    • Zakhiddin Avtandil
      Zakhiddin Avtandil

      Love tesla but do not fap on it

      about 20 days ago
    • TheEveCalledEbe
      TheEveCalledEbe

      this is the car version of vans sneakers

      about 20 days ago
    • Gavin !
      Gavin !

      Well I mean, they can survive a nuclear blast





      to some extent

      about 20 days ago
    • Russian Bot
      Russian Bot

      Tldr:
      Because the batteries lower the center of gravity, it's hard to rollover. Unlike most SUVs.

      about 20 days ago
    • BHISHMA PITAMAh
      BHISHMA PITAMAh

      I dont really think that tesla model X is a SUV😒

      about 20 days ago
    • Marcus Jarrell
      Marcus Jarrell

      Tesla is OP

      about 21 day ago