Tesla Model S dominates safety testing

August 21, 2013 12:00 AM

The Tesla Model S made waves when it was first introduced to the market thanks to its high price tag and impressive reviews. Now it's back in the spotlight after dominating independent crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, the luxury sedan received the highest safety ratings of any car ever tested, achieving five-star status overall and in every subcategory. 

Not only did the Model S perform better in safety testing than other sedans, but it also proved to be safer than many larger automobiles. Because it is an entirely electric vehicle, it does not have to designate large space for an engine block in the front of the car, which allows for a larger crumple zone to absorb an impact. The end result is manageable auto repair and fewer injuries to passengers. 

Tesla's announcement, which was penned by its CEO, Elon Musk, is also leaving an impression. In elaborate detail, Musk made sure to emphasize that the Model S broke some of the equipment during the test of roof crush protection. The vehicle was able to withstand the pressure of at least four fully loaded Model S models on top of it.

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