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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 Spuke on 8/21/2013 1:29:54 AM , Rating: 2
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True, but where in the Constitution does it say that defense spending must eclipse that of all other developed nations in the world, combined?
And where in the Constitution does it say they can spend on anything they damn well please?

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So, just how strictly shall we insist on interpreting the Constitution? And how consistent shall we be in applying our absolute and unbendable principles?
Fed power is explicitly stated. There is no grey area here, what the Feds don't get, the States do. The States can do whatever their voters want (within law and etc.). The Fed gets no such privilege.


RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By boeush on 8/21/2013 4:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
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And where in the Constitution does it say they can spend on anything they damn well please?
Again, where does it say that they can't?
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Fed power is explicitly stated. There is no grey area here, what the Feds don't get, the States do.
Power, yes. But there are no limits on their discretionary spending or administrative policies. That is, the Feds can't overrule the States on issues where the Constitution doesn't grant the Feds the power to do so. However, that doesn't and has never historically stopped the Feds from doing things not explicitly stipulated in the Constitution.

For instance, the Constitution contains no mention of the IRS, the Federal Reserve, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of State (the oldest one, in place since 1789), or any other Federal departments and/or their respective functions. It contains no mention of NASA, CIA, FBI, FDA, NSA, SEC, CFTC, FCC, EPA, FAA, NIH, NIST, NNSA, FERC, the Pentagon, or any other Federal agencies or their functions.

The view that the Feds can only do anything that's explicitly stated in the Constitution, is patently erroneous and utterly dysfunctional. Under that view, one could never create a coherent nation (or Republic, if you like) capable of exercising its sovereignty either domestically or on the international stage. It's a prescription for a loose Confederation, which was tried and utterly failed, just prior to the crafting of the second (current) U.S. Constitution (have you ever studied American history?)

Micromanagement of Federal functions was never the intent behind the Constitution, and the Constitution was crafted with explicit and stated understanding that it is a legal framework for governance, not an exact procedural prescription (as it is impossible to anticipate and accommodate for all future needs and practical exigencies in advance, which would anyway bloat the Constitution into tens of thousands of pages if even attempted, thereby rendering it unusable.) To work out the details of governance is what the Legislative Branch is for in the first place! (By the way, have you ever taken a class in government or civics back in High School?)

The Constitution considers only the very broad matters of rights, powers, and democratic processes. It is neither a prescription for nor a blanket restriction against policy. Where policy does not conflict with enumerated powers (and whether such conflicts arise is ultimately up to the Supreme Court to decide), that policy is allowed by the Constitution.

And incidentally, this isn't a new debate. It's been discussed by much smarter and more knowledgeable people than you and I, for well over 200 years now.


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