You’d Have To Be Very Determined To Roll A Tesla Model X

Unlike some SUVs, the all-electric Tesla Model X is not prone to rolling over. As a matter of fact, recent testing conducted by the electric automaker reveals that the Model X is almost impossible to roll.

During official testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Model X was awarded a five-star overall rating and given five stars in every individual category during crash testing. Of particular interest was the rollover test which the Model X passed with flying colors and was awarded five stars in.

To show just how difficult it is to get the Model X to roll, Tesla has posted a video on its official Twitter showing the SUV being shoved sideways into a massive box of sand to see if it will flip. On three occasions, the SUV looks to be on the verge of rolling but at the last second, manages to right itself. In the final test, the Model X actually starts to roll onto its roof but somehow flips back around.

Of course, it isn’t entirely surprising how difficult it is to roll the Model X. After all, the vast majority of its weight is centered around the floor where the heavy battery pack and electric motors can be found.

As well-rounded as the Model X may be, it is still very much restricted to the wealthy. However, Tesla is currently working on a much more affordable SUV, dubbed the Model Y, which should make electric SUVs accessible to the masses.

 

  • LWOAP

    As it has already been said, the battery pack is the main reason for this.

    Tesla is currently working on a much more affordable SUV, dubbed the Model Y, which should make electric SUVs accessible to the masses.

    Oh yeah, because that worked out so well for the Model 3. I’m not holding my breath at all.

    • TrevP

      Exactly!!

  • Ilbirs

    Looking at other automaker, the floor mounted battery is the main reason why Jaguar-Land Rover won’t make conventionally sized cars underpinned by the platform premiered by the I-Pace. You can elevate the H-point without significantly raising the gravity center and also make a flat floor. Now let’s just wait for solid-state batteries to be viable and an average electric vehicle made under this kind of convergence will be way better than an ICE one including the expected range in one charge.

  • LJ

    These things are SUVs in name only. They sit as low as a car.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Look like mid-sized wagons to me.

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      I’d love to see one go off road against a Land Rover Defender.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    You may have to be very determined to roll a Model X, but Tesla looks ever closer to flopping out of business completely.

  • Axiom Ethos

    Tesla is working on a CUV not SUV. No word really on pricing either to my knowledge so I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s going to be affordable either.

  • Vassilis

    Nice floor.

  • Enter Ranting

    Well, it’s good for one thing.

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