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Tesla received a combined rating of 5.4 stars

Tesla Motors recently received the highest safety rating ever from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA gave Tesla's Model S a five-star safety rating in each individual category and overall, achieving a combined rating of 5.4 stars. This is the highest rating ever given by the U.S. agency. 

This is a big deal, considering NHTSA only gives about 1 percent of cars tested a five-star rating in every category.

According to Tesla, it grabbed such a high rating for a few different reasons. For starters, the Model S doesn't have a large engine block, which means there's a longer crumple zone to "absorb" a high-speed crash. The motor is only about a foot in diameter and is near the rear axle while the front has a second trunk.

For the rear crash test, Tesla made sure to protect occupants in the third row of the vehicle with a double bumper that can take a highway speed impact. 

Tesla added that the Model S was about 50 percent better than its competitors in the rollover test. In fact, the Model S didn't roll over at all through normal methods; it took unique situations to actually turn it over, and Tesla said this is because the battery is mounted below the floor pan for a low center of gravity. 

 

A particularly difficult test to pass, according to Tesla, is the side pole intrusion test, and the Model S was the only vehicle to get a "good" rating in that category among the other top 1 percent of the vehicles tested. This was due to the use of multiple deep aluminum extrusions in the side rail of the Model S, which absorb the impact energy and send the load to the rest of the car. 

For those who are worried about battery fires, the Model S' battery was fine before, during and after testing. 

But perhaps the most interesting part of the testing was when the Model S' roof broke the machine for roof crush protection. Check this out:

"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," said Tesla. "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. This is achieved primarily through a center (B) pillar reinforcement attached via aerospace grade bolts."

Tesla is undoubtedly a superhero in the American electric vehicle (EV) industry. It started out with a $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2009. The loan, which was part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, was to be repaid by 2022. But in March 2013, Tesla received permission to pay the loan back five years early by mid-2017. 

But in May of this year, Tesla has repaid the whole sum -- nine years earlier than expected from the original 2022 due date.

Clearly, Tesla is making money. For Q2 2013, Tesla reported a loss of $30.5 million (26 cents a share), which was much narrower than the $105.6 million ($1 a share) loss in the year-ago quarter. The automaker had an adjusted profit of 22 cents, which beat expectations of a non-GAAP loss of 17 cents. In the year-ago quarter, Tesla reported a profit loss of 89 cents. 

Revenue jumped to $405.1 million compared to just $26.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Analysts expected a revenue of $383 million for Q2 2013. 


Tesla has also started showing off new tech that could transform the electric auto industry. In June, Tesla unveiled a convenient alternative to waiting for a Model S to charge -- battery swapping. The idea behind battery swapping is to easily open the car chassis to pull the battery out and replace it with a fully charged one. This saves the driver from having to wait for their battery to charge before traveling.
 
Tesla is also working on a charging system that would get drivers out of the Supercharger stations and back on the road with a full charge in just 5 minutes.

Source: Tesla Motors



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RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By karimtemple on 8/20/2013 1:02:58 PM , Rating: -1
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It's frankly made up nonsense.
I don't see how. Following your argument to its logical conclusion, you would argue that fraud or rape or assault shouldn't be illegal, as freedoms should not exclude things that affect others.

But then you might say "that's childish, obviously it should be illegal to harm people." You may even admit the connection of crimes like theft and fraud to the concept of harm. But how is it that you find that the effects of ICE ubiquity pose no harm whatsoever? It's an odd argument.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/20/2013 1:08:16 PM , Rating: 1
That can be used to justify ANY regulation, that's why. Irregardless of it's Constitutionality.

Power plants are some of the most polluting things out there. Even nuclear waste has the potential to harm the environment, it's already happened.

By that logic I can make the argument that EV's "effect" others and should be phased out.

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Following your argument to its logical conclusion, you would argue that fraud or rape or assault shouldn't be illegal, as freedoms should not exclude things that affect others.


Wow...really??? Just whatever, go away.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By karimtemple on 8/20/2013 1:27:40 PM , Rating: 1
You're not really one for sophisticated concepts, are you? You took what I said as "things that affect others should be banned," which isn't even close to what I said.

Just to clarify, I'm not a liberal. You seem to believe that I am. My comment was that you have to take into consideration the extent to which things impact everyone. Sometimes the impact is small. Sometimes it's not. It doesn't seem crazy to me for the government to step in when something's having a huge impact on everyone.

In this light, I'm having a hard time understanding your position. I get wanting to be left alone, but that's not always possible. If you want to argue that fossil fuels are super great and everyone should just go nuts with them, that's a different story. And one hell of a challenge, lol.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Spuke on 8/20/2013 2:32:49 PM , Rating: 1
Rec, don't feed the trolls.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By karimtemple on 8/20/13, Rating: 0
RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Spuke on 8/20/2013 3:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
I can do that too.

Troll - is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[5] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By karimtemple on 8/20/13, Rating: 0
RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Spuke on 8/20/2013 4:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty clear to me you do meet that definition. LOL


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By karimtemple on 8/20/2013 4:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
Okay.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/21/2013 2:36:13 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
You're not really one for sophisticated concepts, are you?


Sophisticated?

You know I love when you Collectivists attempt to get deep in intellectualism and philosophy to bolster your nonsense. As if I haven't seen your arguments and talking points recycled a thousand times at this point.

quote:
My comment was that you have to take into consideration the extent to which things impact everyone.


And you don't think I understood that? I do, I just happen to reject that line of thinking.

quote:
It doesn't seem crazy to me for the government to step in when something's having a huge impact on everyone.


This is a very broad and nonspecific generalization. The Government, at least Americas, is not legally empowered to "step in" whenever we feel it should for whatever reason.

Good grief man, we're talking about oil here. Not a chemical weapon, or a mass murderer, or some blatant attempt to pollute the environment with toxic waste.

Are you Mayor Bloomberg? Please tell me what else you feel is "effecting" other people to the extent that the Government needs to "step in".


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