Tesla may not introduce the Model 3 electric vehicle (EV) in India as it doesn’t have the appropriate ground clearance to handle Indian roads.
India’s speed breaker laws necessitate a ground clearance of 140 mm, insufficient for the Model 3.
According to the Indian division of IDIADA Automotive Technology, which tested the Model 3, the EV bottomed out on 160 of the 200-speed bumps it attempted to clear.
Therefore, Tesla engineers have recommended re-engineering the Model 3’s suspension to increase its ground clearance by 25 millimeters to 165 millimeters.
The Model 3’s long wheelbase of 2875 mm compounds the EV’s ground clearance issue, at least in India.
The Tesla Model 3 EV launch will likely be delayed due to the manufacturer having to work on the suspension of its entry-level sedan due to the findings.
Tesla’s first model to enter the Indian market by the second quarter of 2022 is likely to be the Model Y crossover with 167 mm ground clearance, which should prove adequate for our roads.