Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Model S Receives Top U.S. Crash Rating

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has announced that their Model S sedan has received the highest crash test ratings of any car as tested by U.S. regulators.  Priced at about $70,000, the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S received a five-star rating in every safety and crash category.  Earlier we reported the star-rating information, but we did not know at the time that the Model S received the highest crash test ratings out of any car.  The tests were conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S has the ?lowest likelihood of injury to occupants? and even exceeds the performance of SUVs and mini-vans.  This past May, Consumer Reports magazine rated the Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S as the best car that they ever tested.  Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is expecting to deliver 21,000 of the Model S sedans to customers based in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S does not have a large engine block and it has a larger “crumple zone” to protect passengers in case a crash happens.  Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk joked that the Model S would get six- or seven-star ratings if the government ratings were high enough back in a July interview.  The shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) have increased over fourfold this year and now Musk has a personal net worth of over $7.3 billion.

[Source: Bloomberg]