Elon Musk, Tesla CEO took a jab at Volvo as he was talking about safety features on the Tesla Model 3, the new entry-level electric car.
During a handover event in Fremont, California, at Tesla’s factory, on Friday night, Musk showed a video displaying side-by-side clips of a Model 3 and a 2016 Volvo S60 undergoing similar crash test.
The test is a side-impact crash simulation type mimicking a car colliding sideways at 20mph into a pole which in this test, typically causes major damage to the driver-side door and also to a roof portion.
The video showed that the Volvo S60, achieved in all categories a five-star crash safety rating according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was damaged more severely than the Model 3.
“There’s a lot of cars that are five-star and they are five-star and does not refer to a scientific metric,” Musk said. By normal standards, very safe. The Volvo is definitely the second-safest car in the world,” he said, stimulating laughs and applause from the audience.
“It is apparent now which car you would prefer to be in an accident.”
There was some confusion regarding the test, especially after some internet commenters said the Volvo S60 was crashed at a higher speed in comparison to Model 3. But considering the side-by-side video it appears to show two side-impact pole collisions occurring at 20mph and Tesla confirmed the side-impact tests to be identical in an email to Business Insider.
Musk has made such comparisons in the past, hailing Tesla’s crash safety to be the best in the world, and it has caught the attention of some industry veterans as Volvos have an old reputation for safety. The company now has a plan to eliminate in its new cars by 2020 crash deaths.