Tesla Model S reportedly scores off the charts on safety
The Model S tests are another bit of good news for the California-based Tesla.
In a press release earlier today, Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., says that the ratings for the Model S exceeded that of even SUVs and minivans ‚Äď larger vehicles generally considered to be safer than cars in some kinds of crashes.¬†
"Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board," Tesla reps wrote. "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."¬†
In other words, the Tesla scored off the charts.¬†
Tesla attributed the high score for its electric car in part to the missing gasoline engine block, the absence of which creates "a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact."¬†
The¬†NHTSA results come on the heels of an upbeat earnings report from Elon Musk's Tesla, and the news that the company had delivered¬†5,150 Model S sedans to customers in Q2 of 2013 ‚Äď a quarterly record.¬†
The Model S, which won Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year award, retails at a few price points: $59,000 for the base level sedan and $94,400 for the performance version. In its review of the Model S, Motor Trend said that the car was able to travel¬†234 miles on a single battery charge.¬†