Tesla Motors, Inc.
) Model S has won the top vehicle safety rating from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Model S
obtained a five-star rating overall and also for each of its
subcategories. This is indeed a coveted award for Tesla as only
1% of cars tested receive the 5-star rating from NHTSA. The board
assesses vehicle performance in frontal, side and rear crash
tests and resistance to rollover.
While the star ratings have a cap of 5, the Vehicle Safety Score
(VSS) can cross this cap, although it happens rarely. However,
Model S has managed to obtain a score of 5.4. With this, Tesla's
Model S sedan ensures exceptional safety to the passengers as it
has the lowest possibility of injury to passengers among all
major cars sold in the U.S. The safety score of this sedan
exceeded the score of most sports utility vehicles and minivans.
Model S does not have a gasoline engine block. Thus, the front
section of the car provides a significantly longer crumple zone
to absorb a high speed impact. The long crumple zone ensures
better safety to the occupants.
Moreover, Model S is equipped with multiple deep aluminum
extrusions in the side rail. This helps in absorbing the impact
energy of a side pole intrustion and spreads the load to the rest
of the vehicle. As a result, Model S became the sole car in the
top 1% of the tested cars to receive a good rating in the side
pole intrusion test. The sedan preserved 63.5% of the driver
residual space compared with 7.8% for the Volvo S60, which also
received 5-star rating from NHTSA in all categories.
The vehicle offers a double rear bumper if the optional third row
seat is installed. This provides protection against a highway
speed impact in the rear and avoids any disabling injury to the
third row occupants. In the rollover test, Tesla's Model S
is significantly better than other sedans as the battery pack of
the car is placed below the floor pan, which provides a very low
center of gravity and ensures safety.
Ford Motor Co.
) 2013 Ford Focus Electric was awarded the top vehicle safety
rating by the NHTSA in February. In the New Car Assessment
Program (NCAP) testing by NHTSA, Focus obtained a five-star
Overall Vehicle Score. The 2013 and 2014 Ford Focus sedan and
hatchback were also bestowed with a five-star Overall Vehicle
Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles and electric
vehicle power train components for partners including
Toyota Motor Corp.
). Tesla anticipates delivering little over 5,000 Model S
vehicles in the third quarter of 2013 and 21,000 vehicles
globally in 2013. It currently retains a Zacks Rank #3
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