Tesla Model 3 Ground Clearance Too Low For India's Roads
Tesla is in a bit of a dilemma here because the ground clearance of the Model 3 is 25mm below what is allowed in India. The Model 3 currently has a ground clearance of 115mm, so the front clearance would need to be raised up to 140mm or more. This issue is expected to delay the projected launch date.
Model 3 tested going over speed bumps
The Model 3 underwent some tests going over speed bumps. The car was unable to make it successfully over 160 out of the 200 speed bumps in the test. This could be seen as an issue, but raising the ground clearance could impact the performance of the car.
Possible courses of action
It has been recommended by some engineers that the ground clearance be raised to 165mm. This may not seem like a lot, but it could make the Model 3 feel like a totally different car. Tesla has also thought about just retooling the suspension entirely. The real concerns raised have been that the Model 3 has a hard time going over speed bumps. There are likely a lot of speed bumps in the cities of India. It seems that Tesla might just entirely redo the suspension. It is important for Tesla to thoroughly analyze which parts of the frame are most vulnerable to being hit when driving over a bump.
How the Model 3 could change
In many ways, a higher ground clearance won’t change the Model 3 for the better. The vehicle might do better over speed bumps but will likely have worse handling than it does now. The amount of body roll and the quality of the steering could also be affected. Hopefully a good solution can be worked out so Tesla can sell a product in India that will be looked upon fondly by the buyers.
Daniel Cappo reports Tesla developments at Torque News. He has had a passion for cars ever since age five when his grandparents let him drive their old golf cart around their property in Upstate NY. He has attended numerous auto shows, and even got the chance to drive a Ferrari California on the track. Ever since Tesla opened up a dealership at his local mall, he's been an avid follower of their cars and technology. Dan has a B.S. in Public Communication from U Vermont. Follow Daniel on Twitter and LinkedIn for daily Tesla News.