Select Tesla Model 3 Test Drives Paused In China After First Tester Crashes

Tesla has temporarily suspended test drives of the Model 3 in Shenzen, China following a crash.

Teslarati reports that prior to starting local deliveries of the Model 3, Tesla has been offering test drivers of its most affordable vehicle but in range-topping Model 3 Performance guise. One of the first test drives last week didn’t end very well.

Twitter user JayinShanghai revealed that the person driving the Tesla Model 3 Performance crashed the electric sedan while trying it out. An image and video of the crashed Tesla reveal that it sustained a hefty amount of damage and appears to have smashed into a pole. Parts that will need to be replaced include the bumper, hood, and headlights.

At the time of the crash, the Model 3 Performance in question was the only car of its kind offered for test drivers in the Shenzen area, forcing the automaker to pause all test drivers. However, it has since been reported that another Model 3 Performance was swiftly delivered to Shenzen as a replacement. The local Tesla dealer has started taking test drive appointments with this new Model 3.

Although the Tesla Model 3 may be the car manufacturer’s most affordable vehicle, it is exceptionally potent in Performance guise. Powered by two electric motors and an all-wheel drive system, the Model 3 Performance can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in just over three seconds and run a sub-12 second quarter mile. It’s also capable of out-performing BMW M3s at Laguna Seca.

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    How the heck are these cars even able to be crashed? A Sonata or Camry can have collision avoidance features, not to mention a Volvo or Mercedes, why wouldn’t a Tesla brake automatically when headed straight towards a barrier? This doesn’t make sense to me; I’m a fan of this brand but it seems lame for this feature to be missing.

    • Zandit75

      There is a limit to these systems, and the driver probably exceeded them. Just because any car is fitted with collision avoidance systems doesn’t mean it’s a miracle saving device if the parameters are not met.

    • TheBelltower

      What world do you live in where a Camry and Sonata can’t be driven into a pole?

    • Knotmyrealname

      It’s when stupidity overrides technology.

  • robotlogic

    To let someone drive a car on public streets that is orders of magnitude faster than anything they have ever driven is just STUPID!

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Asian drivers

  • Paul

    ooops!!! lol.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Maybe Tesla should’ve hung tyres around the outside, tug-boat style.

  • Mr. EP9

    Obviously couldn’t drive.

    • Alduin

      Blinded by dental floss can do that to you.

  • Knotmyrealname

    OK, yes, thanks for the clarification. Ignore my second paragraph then.

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