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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 boeush on 8/21/2013 6:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Basically you're making up that the Government has all these powers.
No, I'm simply being careful to distinguish (constitutional) powers from (executive) agencies and (legislative) regulations. Not equivalent concepts, at all. A power enables you to do something. The act of doing something is not in itself a power, it is only a specific application of powers.

You call the act of regulating something a power. I call it what it is: an act of the legislature issuing law, combined with the act of the executive branch implementing law. Now, according to the 10th Amendment the federal government has absolutely no right (beyond enumerated exceptions) to meddle in internal affairs of states. However, when it comes to cross-state (national) or international issues, the federal government has every right to meddle as it sees fit (because in such cases, neither the states nor the individual citizenry have the proper jurisdiction.) And like it or not, the more mobile and connected the nation and the world become, the more expansive grows the Constitutionally valid scope of federal influence over policy -- because an ever-larger fraction of our mundane everyday activities begin to either cross state and even international boundaries, or to become vitally dependent upon interstate and international infrastructures, standardization, and coordination.
Also you're arguing that because our courts and Congress routinely make law things that don't pass Constitutional muster
When that happens, upon attempt at implementation such laws are challenged by people (like you) and struck down by the constitutional courts (and incidentally, courts do not and cannot make law; they have only the power to interpret law.) Yes, the federal circuit and supreme courts do sometimes make mistakes, but on the whole they're right far more often than they're wrong.

Yet you are effectively claiming that they are fundamentally mistaken over perhaps 90% of all federal laws on the books (some of such laws dating back to almost the origins of the Constitution itself, and most such laws being decades-old.) Amazingly, you somehow fail to perceive the sheer absurdity of your stance...

RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By Reclaimer77 on 8/21/2013 6:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
The Constitution was largely built on the premise of sovereign statehood. Now you're saying it either doesn't exist, or cannot function in a modern society. Okay, whatever.

Then you go on to pretend that the courts can/have reviewed even a fraction of the laws on the books, more of which are added every day.

Yes, the federal circuit and supreme courts do sometimes make mistakes, but on the whole they're right far more often than they're wrong.

It only takes a few wrong rulings to screw the entire country by setting a dangerous legal precedent. For example the 1942 Wickard v. Filburn ruling, which began our reign of Congressional tyranny through the Commerce Clause, and of course the "Affordable Care Act" ruling.

RE: Anything Tesla CAN'T do?
By boeush on 8/21/2013 7:17:16 PM , Rating: 2
The Constitution was largely built on the premise of sovereign statehood. Now you're saying it either doesn't exist, or cannot function in a modern society.
In a sense, yes. That question was actually settled back during the Reconstruction era. But in the modern world, this is even more the case for a whole slew of new and additional reasons.

The Constitution and our form of government were, and remain, an ongoing experiment. Most of the underlying theories and axioms held up reasonably well in practice, while some proved unworkable. Some of it was fixed through constitutional amendments, some was addressed simply by considering contemporary context when interpreting the Constitution, and the rest remain as ongoing problems. In other words, the system has mostly functioned as-designed, learning from its past experiences and adapting to a changing world. That's good, not bad.
you go on to pretend that the courts can/have reviewed even a fraction of the laws on the books
But they've certainly at least reviewed (on multiple occasions, from multiple angles) the laws you especially care about. We both know that.
It only takes a few wrong rulings to screw the entire country by setting a dangerous legal precedent.
And if the people really do disagree with them en masse, it only takes one constitutional amendment to reverse such rulings...
1942 Wickard v. Filburn ruling
It's odd, I agree, yet undeniably logical within constitutional constraints. It's an example of something that was unforeseen by the Framers, and could be easily fixed by a constitutional amendment clarifying the scope of what is meant by interstate commerce, and what type of activities are considered to be regulation thereof.
and of course the "Affordable Care Act" ruling
Yes, I agree that was a strange ruling, not least because it was argued in a strange manner. This one is clearly not a matter of penalty, but is indeed a tax treatment. Yet a perfectly Constitutional one, or else all the various tax deduction rules currently in effect (like mortgage interest, paid rent, business expense, marriage, per-child, etc.; again, many of them decades old) would have to be abolished for the crime of encouraging (or discouraging) various types of economic and/or personal choices by imposing varying tax burdens accordingly. Oh well; right decision (IMO), wrong way of getting there...

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