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2013 Tesla Model S Earns Highest Rating in Federal Crash Tests


Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Tesla Model S electric sedan has earned the highest five-star rating on crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • The Model S earned perfect scores in the frontal, side and rollover crash tests.
  • Earlier this week, Tesla announced record sales of 5,150 Model S vehicles in North America in the second quarter.

WASHINGTON — The 2013 Tesla Model S electric sedan has earned the highest five-star rating on crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Model S earned perfect scores in the frontal, side and rollover crash tests. The test results were posted on the NHTSA Web site.

Earlier this week, Tesla announced record sales of 5,150 Model S vehicles in North America in the second quarter.

The Model S has outperformed other electric vehicles in federal crash testing. The 2014 Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV earned four out of five stars overall on federal crash tests.

The 2013 Coda sedan received a two-star rating on NHTSA's frontal crash test. It has not received an overall score yet.

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500E have not been rated yet.

The plug-in hybrid 2014 Chevrolet Volt earned five stars, the highest possible score, according to NHTSA.

Edmunds says: Tesla CEO Elon Musk had promised a stellar rating for the 2013 Model S. Kudos to the automaker for a top-notch performance in this tough round of testing.

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