According to Tesla, not only did the Model S receive a five-star safety rating across the board from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- that alone is a feat achieved by only one percent of cars tested by the federal government -- but they exceeded five stars. How is that possible? Tesla explains:
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.
What makes the car so safe? For starters, it actually helps that the car isn't gas powered. Not having a gas engine gives the car a longer crumble zone that absorbs more impact in case of a high-speed, head-on crash. In addition, the heavy lithium-ion battery located under the floor makes it less susceptible to rollover.
And then there's this:
Of note, during validation of Model S roof crush protection at an independent commercial facility, the testing machine failed at just above 4 g's. While the exact number is uncertain due to Model S breaking the testing machine, what this means is that at least four additional fully loaded Model S vehicles could be placed on top of an owner's car without the roof caving in. This is achieved primarily through a center (B) pillar reinforcement attached via aerospace grade bolts.
Read more: Tesla
Related on SmartPlanet:
- Is Elon Musk the new Steve Jobs?
- Supersonic tube travel challenges high-speed rail
- Tesla beats expectations again
- The robots that conquered Fremont: Watch ‘em making Teslas
- Tesla added to Nasdaq 100
- Watch Tesla’s 90-second electric vehicle battery swap demonstration
- Tesla plans to triple Supercharger network
- Tesla Model S is top-scoring car: Consumer Reports