Tesla Mannequin 3 Survives Terrifying Tree Crash, Emerges Unscathed

A Tesla Mannequin 3 surprisingly survived a storm within the Netherlands final week. A Twitter person shared photos of a parked Mannequin 3, squatting with a large tree mendacity on its roof, alongside storm particles scattered round it. One would anticipate a automotive to get crushed below the load of a tree, however this explicit Tesla appeared to stay intact.

We’ve seen a number of situations of bushes falling on Teslas prior to now, however the newest incident looks like a uncommon case the place the automobile was fully intact.


The Tesla App notified the proprietor concerning the incident with an alarm, following which he used the sentry mode – which prompts the automobile’s cameras for distant surveillance – to discover a full tree mendacity over his automotive. Fortunately, he wasn’t contained in the automobile, and it appeared like no one was injured.

The one seen injury from the surface was a barely caved-in rear roof portion. From the within although, the rear windshield seems fully shattered, with shards of glass mendacity on the rear parcel shelf.

It is probably not the heaviest of the bushes, however the incident continues to be price highlighting the Mannequin 3’s structural power. The Insurance coverage Institute For Freeway Security (IIHS) listed the Mannequin 3 as a high security decide for 4 consecutive years between 2019-2022 within the midsize luxurious automotive section.

All Mannequin 3s manufactured between 2017 and 2023 have a roof strength-to-weight ratio of 5.85, which merely implies that the automobile can stand up to a drive 5.85 instances its weight, based on IIHS. The group lists the Mannequin 3’s curb weight at 3563 kilos, and the height drive it will possibly stand up to is a whopping 20,835 kilos.

Though, it’s widespread for four-door sedans to have a excessive roof strength-to-weight ratio. Many vehicles within the section have earned the same score. IIHS additionally famous that it stopped conducting roof power assessments as a result of “just about all autos had been incomes good rankings.”

However Teslas usually have respectable security scores – the Mannequin S and Mannequin Y earned EuroNCAP’s highest general security rating in 2022.

Tesla makes use of a mixture of high-strength metal and ultra-high-strength metal for its core structural parts, as per a picture that surfaced on Reddit way back.

In 2018, Tesla mentioned, “Within the occasion {that a} rollover does happen, our inner assessments present that the Mannequin 3 physique construction can stand up to roof-crush masses equal to greater than 4 instances its personal weight and with little or no structural deformation. NHTSA’s requirements solely require that vehicles stand up to a great deal of 3 times their very own weight.”

In the beginning of 2023, all 4 passengers of a Mannequin Y survived a terrifying crash after the EV plunged 250 toes down a cliff at Satan’s Facet, California.