Tesla Motors is having a good week. Right after the California-based maker of the Model S electric vehicle reported better than expected earnings and vehicle-production numbers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) let it be known that the Model S received five-star crash-test ratings, according to Automotive News. That means the sedan received the best possible marks for frontal and side-impact crashes, as well as for rollover. The bad news: some Teslas were destroyed in the process. It's part of a trend. Earlier versions of the Model S also received top crash test scores last year. Before that, the all-electric Roadster also passed crash tests back in 2008.

A refresher on the other good news of the week: Tesla announced Wednesday that it increased sales to 5,150 vehicles for the second quarter, and said it may double production next year. After reporting its first profit in the first quarter, Tesla's second-quarter gross margin was 22 percent and may reach 25 percent by year-end. Tesla's second-quarter revenue was $405.1 million and the company narrowed its second-quarter loss to $30.2 million from a $105.5 million loss a year earlier.

You can check out several Model S crash-test videos below, though you might want to cover your eyes.







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      Toby
      • 1 Year Ago
      not allowed to point out the flying rear bench? got deleted again
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Toby
        Lies and stupidity often deserve to be wiped out so you should be used to this. The facts are that the rear seat was heavily modified for the test. DUH.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Toby
        It was changed by NHTSA - read their disclosure.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another time where Elon has promised that Tesla will produce the best car with only the best crash results. The ModelS actually broke a testing rig that was doing a roll over crash test. I can't believe there are still people who doubt his ability to guide Tesla all the way to the top levels in the automotive world. With his track record of producing the things he promises to do at both Tesla and SpaceX is far more meaningful than the silly metrics that 'conventional' analysts use when trying to prove Elon and Tesla are going under or that failure is right around the corner. At the same time they forget to ever think about all of the licenses that will be coming their way, far beyond what Toyota and MB have signed up for. It is becoming more clear that the supercharger network is going to be doing well soon enough that other makers will recognize they benefit if they just pay Tesla to allow their other cars access to the free charging for life. In fact, I read one 'pro' talking about how much money Tesla will have to pay when buying the electricity that gets pumped into the cars at the superchargers, completely ignoring that deal that exists where all of the electricity is free solar power! I don't think many 'pros' have really delved deep enough to understand Tesla. They deride it as a 'cult' stock and then think that is all they nee to know. But the fundamentals are there. One is being that ModelS one of the safest cars ever produced. Just as promised.
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's really cool is that if the front crash was done with even more force, I bet the wheels would have crushed and there's another 2 feet of crumple zone in the frunk. That may be the safest car on the road.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        You said Frunk? You kiss your mother with that mouth?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drakkon
          The Frunk is what Tesla calls the front trunk. Since there's no engine, the font of the vehicle is just for extra storage. And Tesla owners love it...I know because I own one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A wee bit off topic, I guess, but could someone PLEASE tell me why they cannot develop an EV battery model car that includes an optional accessory of both a solar continuous charging roof system, and/or a battery that charges from the motion of use? The latter could conceivably be a back-up battery (rather like the reserve gas tank I used to have on an MGB long ago)
        • 1 Year Ago
        Solar would take years to charge it. You could put it on the roof, but it would be a gimmick. An expensive gimmick and it wouldn't add value. The Model S burns 85 KWhr of electricity in 270 miles. Its a great idea, but Solar tech so far can't generate nearly enough power.
        • 1 Year Ago
        With today's technology, most likely it would never make enough energy to overcome the loss of efficiency by the weight of such an item.
      Jeremy Keller
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have you seen the BMW i3 in the Euro NCAP? How about all other vehicles performing just as well themselves? I am featured on the BBC website and anxious to bring my weblinks to everyone's attention. By visiting Google and typing in my name you should find my BBC link and my comments about the Maverick flying car. You should also be able to find me on Facebook by searching for: Maverick flying car BMW i3 Lincoln Navigator Chevrolet Tahoe martian rovers autonomous robots Kepler 22-b plane driven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has the IIHS tested the Tesla yet? I couldn't find it on Google if it has. I will be very interested to see what those results are since they tend to be the most reflective of "real life" crashes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tesla car batteries have a massive almost 7000 individual Li-ion batteries cells connected in every pack. They too are sensitive to temperature excursions. No matter what fail safe protection is appled A UPS cargo plane crashed on Sept. 3, 2010, in the United Arab Emirates, just outside Dubai. Both pilots were killed. Authorities there blamed the crash on its load of between 80,000 to 90,000 lithium batteries, which are sensitive to temperature. Investigators found that a fire on board likely began in the cargo containing the batteries.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Tell me, why is it saver to have thousands of massive explosions in a car? It isn't, but we put up with it because it is incased in metal, just like the batteries.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Do you know why they don't burn up in Teslas but they do in Boeings? Space. Tesla has each cell spaced apart and liquid cooled. Boeing does not.
        bluepongo1
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh look, an Elmer F.U.D. ....... I'd ask you to cite a source for this story if it were relevant .... ............Tesla Motors = / = cargo plane ? Do you go on BMW, Benz, & Bugatti threads and tell every one how poor you are ? ( In your post below.) Buy a Leaf they're for poor trolls who make up stuff on Tesla threads.
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I woud have thought that with the torques and mass this thing has it would have just run right through the barrier like an electric Kool-Aid Man.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RocketRed
        Don't be a tool. Crash dynamics are complicated. Also the torque would have no bearing on a crash - velocity would.
          Lam
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          He might have been trying to be funny, not insulting...
      NissanGTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not hard to get 5 star front and side crash ratings when its using the batteries as part of the structure.
        brotherkenny4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Hey, don't know why they down voted. It is one of the intrisically safe aspects of EVs, that battery pack adds strength and rigidity. The other one is of course that there is less flamable liquid on board. Heck, even just simple thinking about the energy stored as potential energy, the gasoline car has far more energy stored that can be released explosively. Has anyone done the stats yet? I mean, we probably have enough data to calculate the deaths and fires per miles driven for EVs and ICEs. Wouldn't that answer some critics, I mean the ones that accept facts anyway.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          The down votes are because the comment comes across as snide, as if it were an excuse or somehow cheating the test. I apologize to NissanGTR if it were meant as a compliment (which after rereading, is possible but unlikey as several agree).
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brotherkenny4
          Facts be damned - this is AB!
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NissanGTR
        Exactly! And that is the point Tesla has made repeatedly: the batteries are not only safe in an accident but actually increase the overall safety of the vehicle BECAUSE they can be used to reinforce the passenger compartment!
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NissanGTR
        So? And most cars use a big cast iron block as part of their 'crumple zone'.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NissanGTR
        If its so easy, why doesnt everyone do it? Exactly. Its much safer not having to contend with an engine with 1000*C exhaust and explosive liquids trying to crush you.
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, but how does it compare to all the other vaporware that the " internet geniuses " think is better than Tesla ? (9_9)
      autoblogsmug
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did they use such a tiny dummy in the pole test and a huge one in the 3rd test? Its like a 4'2" in 90LB person in the 2nd video and a 250lb 6'2" dummy in the 3rd video. Looks like the NHTSA is doctoring the numbers.
        Dave D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @autoblogsmug
        Smug, 1) If you look at that 2nd video and freeze it at 42 seconds, you will see that the driver is CLEARLY not 4'2" but the height of an average woman. The head is clearly above the steering wheel before the force of the impact makes the dummy start to slide forward/down and look shorter. 2) They use the same dummies and crashes for every vehicle they test. So are you saying they cheated for Tesla or that they are just totally incompetent in the general? Which are you implying? I don't know if you didn't take the time to look through this and think about what you're saying or if you were trying to cast dispersions on Tesla and/or the NHTSA safety testings???
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @autoblogsmug
        Don't be mad. Lots of people shorted Tesla. Its not too late to buy some stock.
        mawhalen53
        • 1 Year Ago
        @autoblogsmug
        NCAP test procedures use a 5th percental driver for the pole impact, and a 50th percentile driver for the side impact test. I suggest you do some research on a topic before claiming it's been doctored.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mawhalen53
          You can't expect any agency to be able to do testing for all sizes and all contingencies. Unless you don't mind upping the NHTSA's budget by a couple hundred million to try and do so. You fget a good idea of how tough those cars are and they look exceptional. Take the time to look at some of their other videos and it becomes obvious that the Model S is probably the safest sedan on the road.
          autoblogsmug
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mawhalen53
          I suggest you do some god damn research. That tiny person would be dead mean if the front airbag went off in a frontal impact sitting that close to the steering wheel.
        monster1511
        • 1 Year Ago
        @autoblogsmug
        5' 115 lb 5' 10" 170 lb No doctoring there.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to see some video of the two child seats in the back.
        SublimeKnight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        I saw in an interview that when you get that option, there is a second internal bumper added to the rear. I assume this adds structure to prevent the entire trunk area from becoming a crumple zone.
          Naturenut99
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SublimeKnight
          That would also clarify why the child seats became an only factory installed option.
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