Tesla Crash Test is Best Ever

Tesla Model S got the best safety rating of any car ever tested.

Aug 21 2013, 7:32am CDT | by

Tesla Crash Test is Best Ever
Photo Credit: Tesla

Electric car maker Tesla got another accolade under their belt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Choosing to go electric is not only a great idea for the environment, but also for your safety.

Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.

Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While the Tesla Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents. 

The Tesla Model S has the advantage in the front of not having a large gasoline engine block, thus creating a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact. This fundamental difference to gasoline cars is the major safety aspect for frontal crashes.

For the side pole intrusion test, considered one of the most difficult to pass, the Model S was the only car in the "good" category among the other top one percent of vehicles tested. Compared to the Volvo S60, which is also 5-star rated in all categories, the Model S preserved 63.5 percent of driver residual space vs. 7.8 percent for the Volvo. 

For more details see the full report on the Tesla site. Via I4U News.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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