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From the August 23, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 23, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have given a top five-star rating to the Tesla Model S, an all-electric car. Most cars get five stars in the NHTSA’s frontal crash protection test and four stars for side impact protection, reported Wired magazine. "But the Model S aced them all: front, side, pole, and rollover. And Tesla adds in its announcement that during a previous roof crush test used during validation, the machine failed while applying more than 4 G’s of pressure — the same as stacking four of the electric sedans on top of the car without the roof breaking,"Wired said. "Tesla roof so strong it broke crush-test machine," said USA Todayin a headline. "Safety levels better than five stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score provided to manufacturers," Tesla Motors said. "The Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars."  The vehicle is not cheap: it sells for roughly $70,000, although a federal tax credit of $7,500 helps.


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