It is not at all an exaggeration to call the Tesla Model S Sedan the safest commercial car ever built. On Monday night, Tesla Motors issued a statement to that effect.
The statement says first that the Model S all-electric luxury sedan achieved an overall 5-star rating and also a 5-star rating in all of the subcategories.
Then, the statement goes on to mention the new record the Model S set when it was tested for safety:
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.”
Tesla’s chief executive officer, Elon Musk, penned the press release. But, that does not make it any less true. The Tesla Model S Sedan proved to be so strong, it resisted the attempts of testing equipment to damage its roof.
Not only did it resist the attempts, it broke the testing machine that was used.
Paragraph 8 of the press release states:
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.”
That’s useful information to know if you happen to be travelling through a “Danger: Falling Teslas” zone.
Some commentators on the Web have poked fun at Tesla’s boasting in this press release. But, in my opinion, it ain’t bragging if it’s true. It’s Elon Musk being Elon Musk, a showman extraordinaire.
What is it about the Tesla Model S Sedan that makes it so safe?
Musk explains a few reasons why the Model S Sedan is so safe in Tesla’s press release. For instance, The car doesn’t have a huge honkin’ engine, full of fuel, under its hood.
Rather, the Model S has a “Frunk” or a front trunk.Because of this, the car has a long “crumple zone” to absorb the force of a collision. Also, the one-foot-wide electric engine is stashed away in a relatively safe location,mounted close to the rear axle.
Another area where the Tesla Model S Sedan excels, safety-wise, is it has a very low rollover risk compared to other cars. According to the press release:
The Model S was also substantially better in rollover risk, with the other top vehicles being approximately 50 percent worse. During testing at an independent facility, the Model S refused to turn over via the normal methods and special means were needed to induce the car to roll. The reason for such a good outcome is that the battery pack is mounted below the floor pan, providing a very low center of gravity, which simultaneously ensures exceptional handling and safety.”
Tesla has come out of nowhere and, within ten years, the company has shown up Detroit in a big way. The Tesla Model S Sedan is the first quasi-mainstream car has now set the highest-ever marks on all manner of car industry tests, and it has also won the car industry’s most prestigious awards.
How much will the Tesla Model S Sedan set you back?
Can a price really be put on the ease of mind you’ll have knowing that you are driving one of the world’s safest cars ever built?
Why, yes; it turns out that a price can be put on such a feeling, as these cars are far from free. They start at about $71,700 and go up from there, depending on what amenities you might chose to have added to the package, according to CNBC.com The Model S is expensive, but with the all-electric Porsche Panamera starting at just over $78,000, the Model S seems to be almost a bargain by comparison — assuming you have the money to be in the market to buy either one.
If you had the onerous task of having to chose between the two, why not go for the one which just so happens to be the safest commercial car ever built, the Tesla Model S Sedan.
Written by: Douglas Cobb