Worse than a full-size pickup, apparently.
American EV marque Tesla has had its fair share of headaches ever since it introduced its Model 3 compact saloon. From production bottlenecks to quality control issues, the Model 3 has cost more time and money than any of its contemporary rivals from the likes of BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz. And it seems that while the company says the worst is behind them, the Model 3 just keeps on giving (or taking? We’re not sure).
Influential publication Consumer Reports has, uh, reported that the Model 3 they had on test exhibited positively woeful braking performance. In a test to measure how much distance is needed to bring the car to a halt from 96km/h, the Model 3 took an average of 152-feet, about 7-feet more than what’s needed for a Ford F-150 to come to a stop from the same speed, and “worse than any contemporary car” that Consumer Reports has tested.
“A Tesla spokesperson told CR that the company’s own testing found stopping distance from 60-0mph were an average of 133 feet, with the same tyres as our Model 3. The automaker noted that stopping distance results are affected by variables such as road surface, weather conditions, tyre temperature, brake conditioning, and past driving behaviour.” – Patrick Olsen, Consumer Reports
Significant care goes into how these tests are conducted, according to the publication. They say that the cars’ brakes & tyres are “properly conditioned,” and that it’s been conducted on “more than 500 vehicles.” Interestingly, the first conducted test of the Model 3’s braking distance saw the car stop in just 130-feet, similar to what Tesla has reported. However, that was apparently a one-off, as repeated tests failed to yield similar results.
Consumer Reports even went as far as to source a second Model 3 from an owner, and claimed to get “almost identical results.”
Elon Musk has responded to the report, taking to Twitter to say that an over-the-air software update may be all that’s needed to address the issue. However, he also went on to say that should a hardware revision be necessary, the company would undertake the update at no cost to customers, in order to “make sure all Model 3’s have amazing braking ability.”