Tesla Model S Also Gets 5 Stars From NHTSA

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Are they giv­ing them out in Crack­er Jack box­es these days, or what? Accord­ing to the NHTSA, the Tes­la Mod­el S received an over­all 5-star rat­ing, as well as in every test cat­e­go­ry.

The Tes­la Mod­el S has been exceed­ing even its own opti­mistic expec­ta­tions.

While oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers have been strug­gling to gain trac­tion in a slow-grow­ing bat­tery car mar­ket, Cal­i­for­nia start-up Tes­la Motors has been exceed­ing even its own opti­mistic expec­ta­tions with the big Mod­el S sedan.

Offer­ing a near­ly 300-mile range with its option­al 85 kilo­watt-hour bat­tery, three times more than most elec­tric mod­els, is one fac­tor that appears to be boost­ing sales. But now, Tes­la hopes there’ll be anoth­er rea­son for buy­ers to plug into the Mod­el S: the mak­er is crow­ing that it has just received the best fed­er­al crash test results of any vehi­cle ever.

Accord­ing to the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion, the Tes­la Mod­el S received an over­all five-star rat­ing, as well as five stars in every indi­vid­ual test cat­e­go­ry. That’s some­thing that only 1 per­cent of the vehi­cles NHTSA has test­ed have so far received. But the bat­tery sedan also set a new record for the low­est like­li­hood for pas­sen­ger injury ever achieved in the gov­ern­ment tests.

While NHTSA doesn’t pub­lish results greater than those cov­et­ed five stars, Tes­la claims that the bat­tery sedan actu­al­ly should have received 5.4 stars because it exceed­ed every bench­mark in the gov­ern­ment Vehi­cle Safe­ty Score met­rics.

“The 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,” Tes­la explained. “This is fun­da­men­tal­ly a force over dis­tance prob­lem: the longer the crum­ple zone, the more time there is to slow down occu­pants at g loads that do not cause injuries. Just like jump­ing into a pool of water from a tall height, it is bet­ter to have the pool be deep and not con­tain rocks.”

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