Tesla Model 3 Passes Moose Test Like A Slithering Snake

The (infamous, from the 1990s A-Class) moose test replicates what happens to a vehicle it swerves to avoid an obstacle in the middle of the road and then tries to get back in its lane as quickly as possible.

The Tesla Model 3 can brag not only that it passed it, but it did so with flying colors.  Thanks to the clever packaging, with the heavy batteries mounted in the floor, between the two axles, the electric sedan has scored a major win for EVs.

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In the test conducted by Km77 on a closed course, the Model 3 impressed the drivers, who unanimously concluded that it’s quick to respond to input. The Michelin tires that came with the car were also praised for offering good levels of grip and not showing much degradation at the end of the demanding moose and slalom tests.

This result comes one year after the NHTSA tried to tip over a Model X, during their official testing. The electric SUV was pushed sideways into a large box of sand, revealing its belly, but only for a few seconds, as in each of the three filmed attempts, it managed to get back on its feet. Needless to say that it was awarded with a 5-star safety rating, and so has the Model 3, which is considered one of the safest vehicles in its class.

 

  • Adilos Nave

    That’s neat but if it had been on AutoPilot, the driver wouldn’t have been paying attention and the computer wouldn’t have recognized the obstacle in time, so moose would have been obliterated along with the car and driver, er, passenger.

    • Finkployd

      That’s a lot of assumptions

    • WHY WOULD YOU GO THROUGH THE SLALOM ON AUTO PILOT?
      IT’S NOT MANDATORY TO USE AUTO PILOT ON A TESLA ANY MORE THAN IT’S MANDATORY YOU USE CRUSE CONTROL ON ANY OTHER CAR.

      • Adilos Nave

        I was joking. And no need to yell (always typing with caps lock on)

        • YOU NEW HERE BABE?
          SOUNDED MORE LIKE THE USUAL TESLA BASHING THAN A JOKE.

        • Jan Pedersen

          Irony and sarcasm can be hard to achieve in short posts. You either have to really overdo them or put som quotation signs or winking emoji with it.

          Oh, and don’t feed the trolls, just block them.

  • Mr. EP9

    Eh..

    • What now? All the talk that it’s a one trick pony going off quick at the lights and now it beats the BMW 3 on a race track and shows it handles well. Damn people are never satisfied.

  • YEAH, TESLA SHOULD GO OUT OF BUISNESS. LOL

  • robotlogic

    Was this their AWD version?

    • GOOD QUESTION GIVEN THE WAY THE REAR END WAS SLIDING, UNLESS THEY HAD IT IN TRACK MODE.

    • TheBelltower

      Believe so. It has a “dual motor” badge on the rear, but no red brake calipers. So probably not a Performance model with track mode.

      • robotlogic

        Good catch, so they kind of cheated on that test then by not disclosing that they used the AWD model.

        • TheBelltower

          True. Currently though, the only model that is RWD is the short-range version which was just recently made available. Long-range with AWD is the only configuration that’s been available since the launch of the Model 3. It would also be interesting to see the difference in performance between AWD and RWD.

  • TrevP

    Really considering getting a model 3 performance when the lease on our BMW is up….it just seems to make the most sense for us.

    • TheBelltower

      Do it! Have you driven one? The Model 3 Performance is remarkable.

      • TrevP

        Only driven a Model X and it left me speechless. Gotta go drive a Model 3 Performance. And the gas savings are really enticing. Considering we just bought a gas hog.

        • TheBelltower

          The X is more of a spaceship than the 3. Probably the most advanced car ever made. The 3 is a performance sedan. Even the non-performance models are amazing. You won’t miss the gas station routine one bit!

          • ace_9

            Rent a room in a hotel you two 😀

  • Six_Tymes

    funny how that back end comes out quite a bit because of weight no doubt. But with the low center of gravity, is anyone surprised this didn’t pass?

  • McFly

    That’s silly. There are no moose (or elks rather) in Spain.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      Duhhh but there are plenty of other animals

      • McFly

        And plenty of other reasons for evasive manoeuvres.
        I was being sarcastic, since I’ve always found the term “elk test” so silly.

        It wasn’t even called that in Scandinavia. It’s just the “evasive manoevre test”.

  • SteersUright

    Good on Tesla. Would love to see them release a fresh design language though.

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