As far as the team at Motor Trend is concerned, the Tesla Model S is a “gorgeous car and a packaging miracle.” And you can add the likes of Consumer Reports to the list too, which recently said that the same care serves up “pinpoint handling reminiscent of a Porsche.”
So when it comes to authoritative praise it seems the Tesla Model S is taking the cake and the biscuit from all corners, which will no doubt have CEO Elon Musk and Co. even more on the smug side than usual. Not that it isn’t well-deserved, as we’ve now been informed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has added its name to glowing list of Tesla Model S worshippers.
There are plenty of vehicles that take home five-star safety ratings and proud they are of their achievements. Not one to soil its spotless track record however, the Tesla Model S managed to go one better by setting an all-new record with a rating that went beyond perfect.
“Safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score provided to manufacturers,” according to the recent Tesla Motors statement.
“The Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.”
This would be impressive enough if it only concerned the vehicles in the same class, but the way the Model S performed in various tests outpaced some of the vans and SUVs assumed to be the safest you can buy.
“The Model S has the advantage in the front of not having a large gasoline engine block, thus creating a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact,” the statement continued.
“The longer the crumple zone, the more time there is to slow down occupants at g loads that do not cause injuries.”
Tesla has long been considered the brand that flies the flag for the electric vehicle market in the US, having developed the kind of vehicle no rival brand yet seems to have been capable of – all despite no pedigree or experience in the industry. Critics and analyst are growing in confidence that once Tesla finds a way of offering the same quality vehicles for well-below the $50,000 mark, mainstream consumer success is a given.