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Published on October 16th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Accident Survivor Praises Safety Of The Tesla Model S

October 16th, 2013 by  
 

tesla-crash-2Electric cars have the potential to not only reduce consumption of fossil fuels and clean up the environment, but to quite literally save lives as well. The Tesla Model S is the safest car ever tested by the NHTSA, and a recent accident victim has stepped forward to describe how the electric luxury sedan allowed him to walk away without a scratch.

Going only by the name Joe, the Tesla Model S owner posted his story and pictures to the Tesla Motors Club forums, describing an accident that would have sent most people straight to the hospital. A woman paying more attention to her phone than to the road blew a red-light, hitting the Tesla hard in the front driver’s side, right on the quarter-panel.

The Hyundai hit the Tesla so hard that the two cars spun and collided again at the rear of the Model S, seriously damaging and possibly destroying both cars in the process. But whereas the Hyundai driver went to the hospital with major injuries, Joe walked away from his ride, obviously shaken but otherwise unhurt.

The Tesla Model S, which was the center of a controversy following a Seattle battery fire, has utilized its all-electric design to bolster safety all the way around. The battery fire was contained long enough to let the driver exit his car, and the crispy Tesla’s owner has said he’ll buy another. Even the battery pack, commonly considered a weak point in EV design, has been integrated into the structural rigidity of the Model S. The Tesla is so strong that during the roof-crushing test, it literally broke the testing machine.

Not only are electric cars a good way to go green, but they can literally save your life as well.

Source: Tesla Motors Club





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  • Markwbrooks

    Awesome! Glad to see real world stories reinforcing the sometimes suspect government sponsored test procedures,
    Bad new for all those stake holders desperately trying to kill the EV in its crib.

    • Jason Carpp

      I agree. What I like are stories where even though the car is no longer driveable, the driver and/or passengers are able to get out of the car and walk away without serious injuries. I’ve been involved in enough accidents that I know that how well a car is built has alot to do with how safe it is. It’s not a fun thing to have happened, but at least you’re able to talk about it, and possibly buy another car..

  • The Carmudgeon

    I have been involved in crash investigation for many years. It is unfortunate that untrained people make guesses about the severity of a crash without any understanding of the physics of the situation. This crash did a considerable amount of damage to the car, but it did not affect the integrity of the occupant compartment and the crash forces — as felt by the driver — were quite moderate. The driver of this (or any similar sized car) would have received a pretty good impact against the door from this impact, but it would not have inflicted much injury. Another advantage of the Tesla driver was that his vehicle was significantly heavier than the Hyundai. It does not even appear that the forces were sufficient to trigger the side impact air bags. I am happy that the driver was not injured, but it was primarily because the crash wasn’t all that serious.

  • Tesla Fan

    best car ever

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