This is painful to watch.
As the automaker's first-ever electric car, the Porsche Taycan has a lot to live up to. We know it's sleek and speedy, but does it offer enough protection during an accident if you push it too hard? To find out, Euro NCAP tested the Porsche Taycan 4S to destruction in a series of crash assessments.
It's painful to watch the electric sports car get smashed to pieces, but the good news is that the Taycan crashed its way to a maximum five-star safety rating, scoring a respectable 85 percent for adult occupant safety, 83 percent for child occupation safety, 70 percent for vulnerable road user protection, and 73 percent for safety assists.
During the frontal offset test, Euro NCAP noted that the Taycan's passenger compartment remained stable and that the driver and passenger dummy's knees and femurs were well protected. According to Euro NCAP, "a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions". The standard autonomous emergency braking system also "performed well" at low speeds.
The Tesla Model X fared even better than the Taycan after being crash-tested by Euro NCAP for the first time, scoring 98 percent for adult occupant safety, 81 percent for child occupant safety, 72 percent for pedestrian safety, and 94 percent for safety assists, which Euro NCAP believes makes it a "strong contender for Best in Class this year".
Euro NCAP praised the Model X's autonomous emergency braking system, noting that collisions were "avoided or mitigated in most cases" and that the passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test.
"Well done to Tesla and the other 5 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. Hopefully, this will debunk the perception that all electric cars are unsafe.