Will the Porsche Taycan be a Tesla-killer? Let these crash tests decide
We knew very well that Tesla wouldn't be the sole runner in the EV race for long, and that other carmakers would adopt their touchscreen-only approach. And yet, Tesla has managed to maintain a clear distinction in one aspect – safety.
It wouldn't be long before other companies tried their hands at bettering safety. Now Porsche seems to have left no stone unturned in attempting to rival Tesla. It did so with the Nurburgring lap times. And now, it's time for something impactful.
In the recent tests conducted by Euro NCAP, the Porsche Taycan 4S passed with flying colours. The German EV crashed its way through barriers and inflatable human dummies, to score a maximum rating of five stars. The breakdown of that result showcases the car procuring 85 per cent for adult occupant safety, 83 per cent for child occupation safety, 70 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 73 per cent for safety assists.
The front impact tests concluded with Taycan's passenger compartment remaining stable, Euro NCAP reported. The dummy driver's knees and femurs were well protected, and the same goes for the passenger dummy. "A similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions", Euro NCAP further declared.
While the initial tests certified the Taycan's cabin integrity, the later ones saw the Taycan prevent road accidents. As per Euro NCAP, the Taycan's autonomous emergency brakes "performed well" at low speeds. The Taycan was successful in recognizing a potential crash ahead and coming to a complete halt at almost all times.
While Porsche has kept up with the American carmaker, the latter still wins in terms of scores. According to the NCAP results, the Tesla Model X has fared better by scoring 98 per cent for adult occupant safety, 81 per cent for child occupant safety, 72 per cent for pedestrian safety, and 94 per cent for safety assists. This string of high scores has allowed the Euro NCAP to believe the Model X can be a "strong contender for Best in Class this year".
"Well done to Tesla and the other five stars performers for not only bringing best in class performance in testing but also making safety systems accessible and standard across the European market," Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's Secretary General, commented.
While these tests certify the rigid body structure of these EVs, the same can't be said about certain dangers which they're still vulnerable to. For instance, a fire incident in an EV can't be put out by simply throwing water at it. Or in case of a severe crash, the car can continue to catch fire for days if the battery pack gets damaged. It appears, we still have a long way to go.
However, there is one way by which the public can get acquainted with EVs - die cast models. One such model can be found up here. While this isn't exactly the Taycan, it is a replica of the Porsche Mission E concept, the model on which the production-spec Taycan was based. This Playmobil Mission E Concept model is radio-controlled so that you can avoid crashing into a Model X die-cast model.