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Perfect safety score for Model S

  • The Model S from Tesla Motors (TSLA) achieved a perfect score on a safety test conducted by the NHTSA.
  • Only 1% of all cars tested by the agency achieved top ratings across the board as the Model S did.
  • Of note, no issues with engines fires during crashes were found by the NHTSA.
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  • Dan Fichana
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    Just a point of correction- the Tesla Model S does not have an engine

     

    Third bullet should read " Of note, no issues with battery fires during crashes were found by the NHTSA"
    20 Aug 2013, 07:46 AM Reply Like
  • Yesterdays_news
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    "Third bullet should read " Of note, no issues with battery fires during crashes were found by the NHTSA""

     

    And the forth bullet should read...Tesla claims NHTSA crash tests prove Model S is safest car on road. The keyword here is "claims".

     

    More spin from the spin master Musk.

     

    http://lat.ms/16ZR0wK
    20 Aug 2013, 11:44 AM Reply Like
  • AlexiaEP
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    Don't be a hater. It must hurt to be so sour all the time.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • PeterJA
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    "More spin from the spin master Musk."

     

    A claim is not spin when it is backed by solid evidence from an independent testing agency. Do you have any evidence to support your insinuation of falsehood? The news story you linked contains none.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • JRP3
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    Also the Model S broke one of the testing machines :)

     

    "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."

     

    http://bit.ly/13AMZSg

     

    Tesla has actually built the safest car on the road. Period.
    20 Aug 2013, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • nungster
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    An engine or motor is a machine designed to convert energy into useful mechanical motion.

     

    What I believe you want to say is the Tesla Model S does not have a combustion engine. An electric motor is still an engine by definition.
    20 Aug 2013, 08:49 AM Reply Like
  • Dan Fichana
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    Actually there are slight differences between an engine and a motor. I tried to use the correct terminology

     

    An engine is a machine which takes a heat gradient and converts it to mechanical energy. A car for example is classified as a heat engine.

     

    A motor takes electricity and converts it to mechanical energy.

     

    It's a pet peeve of many EV owners to use the term engine when it's a motor.
    20 Aug 2013, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    Ford and GM can do that too, just give them more time. Once they study it they will get it.
    20 Aug 2013, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • pat1000
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    Ford and GM never understood the Japanese threat and they will never get Tesla's superiority------
    20 Aug 2013, 09:02 AM Reply Like
  • AlexiaEP
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    I believe Mr. Dirnfield was being sarcastic. I at least hope he was, otherwise I'm not sure how many more decades he believes Ford and GM require (or should get) before making ALL their vehicles meet (and exceed) all the toughest safety standards.

     

    It's got to be kind of embarrassing that itty, bitty Tesla, down there in Silicon Valley just beat them all at their own game and then some.

     

    The bar has been raised and set. But no worries, I'm sure GM's dedicated study group will come back with all of Tesla's trade secret and next year they'll be pumping out all sorts of EV models, with over 200 miles of range, and highest safety ratings, and build out a charging infrastructure....Hey! Why'd you wake me up, I was having a good dream...
    20 Aug 2013, 10:44 AM Reply Like
  • joe_dirt365
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    don't be so sure about that...
    20 Aug 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    Sure I was being sarcastic, and thank you for pointing it out.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    GM and Ford can study, but they don't learn, and it must be a management issue.
    20 Aug 2013, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • 123man
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    Oh, they get it - but are unwilling to bite the hand that has greased them all these years -
    20 Aug 2013, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • nd_grad
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    Perhaps we should think of the Model S as more of a spaceship - lightening fast, quiet, agile and with a force field... We just completed a 3300 mile road trip in ours and it was exceptional!
    20 Aug 2013, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • Joe E Coyotee
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    Amazing how Elon put together the Best team to build the Best car and the best of the best to run the Company. Congratulations Tesla for a job well done.
    I finally Had a sighting of a White Model S driving in late evening Rush hour traffic going the other way, what a Stunning sight especially with the headlights on.
    20 Aug 2013, 07:14 PM Reply Like
  • Locked Down Investments
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    Best car ever...this will help sales dramatically for safety conscious mom's and dad's across the world.
    Shorts beware....again.
    21 Aug 2013, 03:07 AM Reply Like
  • Miro Kefurt
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    Crash results are definitely big PLUS for TESLA !!!

     

    For at least 20 years, VOLVO was synonymous with safety, due to their great PR, but SAAB and FORD actually had more safety patents and "first" installations that VOLVO ever had.
    When VOLVO became part of FORD, all the safety innovation has stopped, and FORD lost money on VOLVO.
    Now under Chinese ownership not much better.

     

    Statistically while SAFETY is important, if it was not for NHTSA mandating SAFETY items like Air-Bags, people would not buy them.

     

    The choice therefore is should I buy three LEAFs or ONE TESLA, I can crash two and still have one left running, or I crash one TESLA once.

     

    While the crash performance is definitely stellar, the repair ability even after a minor collision is not there.

     

    That after few crashes will make the already well than premium insurance rates even higher.

     

    Granted very few people check about insurance rates BEFORE they buy, but still the difference is substantial.

     

    In theory SAFER car should be cheaper to insure, but in reality it is the cheaper to fix car that gets lower rates.

     

    Since TESLA does not have dealers and has no "Chilton" rates and no "repair" instructions for use by body shops (due to use of exclusive technology) - the insurance rates will only increase with time as insurers will start paying up.

     

    Perhaps Musk should start his own insurance company, that would be far more effective than FREE superchargers.

     

    Or they should subsidize the sizeable rate difference between TESLA and other cars in same price range.
    21 Aug 2013, 03:33 AM Reply Like
  • Locked Down Investments
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    Wrong...insurers will come to love Tesla and the EV in general when they understand how much more reliable they are and how much safer they are. Tesla has the best service in the business...it will only get better as service centers expand across the globe. Spare parts will be easy to source, especially since Model S and X, using the same platform, will utilize 70% of the SAME components.

     

    Don't worry...you and the world will catch on soon enough.
    21 Aug 2013, 08:58 AM Reply Like
  • Dan Fichana
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    Wait a minute, My insurance rate for the Tesla is about the same as my 2 yr old car that was 15 K when it was new.

     

    Have any quotes regarding insuring the Tesla?

     

    All things being equal- same deductible, same age, same driving record

     

    Mine is $1288/yr
    My other car was $1218 per year

     

    Sure you can quibble over $70/yr, a 6% difference, BUT you also have to keep in mind my other car was substantially less money (actually 6 times less than the Tesla).

     

    I'll tell you my other car was a base Toyota Corolla, and I went with a P85 Tesla. Vastly different cars, but about the same insurance.

     

    $70 wouldn't even buy 2 tanks of gas for the Corolla!
    22 Aug 2013, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • 123man
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    Yep - your life or your insurance cost, even if that were the question - the answer seems evident -
    23 Aug 2013, 12:51 PM Reply Like
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