A Tesla crash test revealed the roof of the Model S is capable of breaking the testing machine. The Los Angeles Times reports on Aug. 20 that the Tesla Model S earned the highest safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car received five stars in all areas of testing.
The Tesla Model S has become the highest rated car by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The all-electric sedan has achieved a rating of perfect five stars in all of the tests. Tesla points out the roof’s strength caused the testing machine to break. In addition, rolling the vehicle was almost impossible and required special tests to achieve it.
Tesla credits its unique design for the high safety score and mentions it has created a longer crumple zone to protect the driver and passengers. In addition, it has added “deep aluminum extrusions in the side rail of the car” to absorb impact and provides a double bumper to protect the rear-facing third row of seats. The company’s stock is already seeing an impact from the positive test results by increasing several percentage points.
A Model S has a base price of $70,000, and the final price can easily reach $120,000. The company prides itself on having no reported fatalities for the Model S. A recent crash in Tennessee that involved a Tesla Model S did not result in any fatalities or injuries. Although the driver was able to walk away from the accident after crashing into a utility pole, the crash caused a blackout.