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Tesla Model S Scores “Better Than Perfect” On Safety Tests, Best Score Ever

Submitted by on August 21, 2013 – 8:25 amNo Comment

Elon Musk takes his all-electric Tesla cars very personally. Last February, when a New York Times reviewer claimed that the Tesla Model S performed poorly and ran out of energy, Musk personally tore apart his argument point by point. So when independent government inspectors found that the same car was the safest automobile they’d ever tested, Musk understandable took a victory lap.

Tesla released a glowing press release about the safety testing, mixing simple statements of fact with barely-concealed gloating and plenty of marketing. And according to Bloomberg Businessweek, Musk wrote it himself.

(Of course, I don’t think the actual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data are available yet, so we’re just getting Tesla’s perspective at this point.)

Highlights include:

  • Citing the car’s small, rear-placed motor as the reason for it’s increased collision safety, while comparing a collision in other cars to diving into a shallow pool full of rocks.
  • Stating that the car would not rollover under conventional means due to the low battery pack, “which simultaneously ensures exceptional handling and safety.”
  • Claiming that the roof of the car broke the crush testing machine.

So the Tesla Model S clearly has a lot going for it- but at $50,000, most are still unable to afford this kind of safety.

What do you think of the Tesla Model S?

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