Thread: Tesla Model 3
View Single Post
Old 10-30-2018, 01:13 PM   #679 (permalink)
EcoModding Newb
redpoint5's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,537

Acura TSX - '06 Acura TSX
90 day: 28.07 mpg (US)

Lafawnda - '01 Honda CBR600 F4i
90 day: 47.32 mpg (US)

Big Yeller - '98 Dodge Ram 2500 base
90 day: 21.82 mpg (US)

Prius Plug-in - '12 Toyota Prius Plug-in
90 day: 57.64 mpg (US)

Mazda CX-5 - '17 Mazda CX-5 Touring
90 day: 23.74 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,459
Thanked 2,969 Times in 2,205 Posts
Originally Posted by NeilBlanchard View Post
If you change its design / construction, then you change the safety aspects.

Tesla is ramping up their production - the Model 3 will probably be the best selling car in the US within a year - and maybe even this calendar year. It is earning a profit. It is the safest production car ever made.
The body is different than the chassis, and has little to do with safety. It was the body that received the most criticism due to the complexity and lack of precise fitment. There was an image showing a fender well using something like 6 pieces of different material, and containing glue, welds, and rivets for a part that would normally just be formed out of a single piece of material.

It's things like that needing improvement to reduce cost, possibly reduce weight, and improve aesthetic qualities.
Gas and Electric Vehicle Cost of Ownership Calculator

Give me absolute safety, or give me death!
  Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to redpoint5 For This Useful Post:
aerohead (10-30-2018), Xist (10-31-2018)