Tesla Sets Safety Standard

Thu 15th Sep 2022

In the latest series of Euro NCAP ratings performed by Thatcham Research, there was a clear stand-out, but great news all round for EVs.

The series saw all but one vehicle achieve a five-star rating, but it was Tesla which grabbed the headlines by recording the highest ever grade seen in the Safety Assist category.

“The Tesla Model Y has aced testing, securing outstanding all-round safety ratings,” said Matthew Avery, Chief Research Strategy Officer at Thatcham Research. “It has scored the highest grade ever seen in the Safety Assist category at 98% along with 2022’s highest Adult Occupant Protection score of 97%. In this respect, Tesla is setting the standard for emergency safety system performance.

“In another first, all the cars tested in this group are EVs, as electrified powertrains continue to dominate the market.

“It’s reassuring to see that EVs are continuing to match, if not exceed, the safety performance of their petrol-powered counterparts.”

Whilst all cars tested were electric, it was also worth noting that there were a number of Chinese built vehicles tested, a reflection of the growing trend of vehicles from the nation. BYD, the leading retailer of EVs in the world admitted that they are to make moves in the European market, and the Thatcham Research demonstrated there are plenty of brands on the continent.

“Also of note are the five-star Euro NCAP ratings awarded to two new entrants from China,” Avery continued.

"The ORA Funky Cat and WEY Coffee 01 scored 93% and 94% in Safety Assist respectively, placing them behind only the Model Y in terms of crash-avoidance capability.

“Both vehicles were also impressive in terms of the protection offered to occupants should an accident occur.

“This is comforting news for those who were concerned that an influx of new market entrants from China might bring the safety standard down.”