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Tesla Hails Top Safety Rating For Model S

posted 21 Aug 2013, 10:05 by Mpelembe   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 10:06 ]

 Electric car company Tesla says its Model S sedan has won a five-star safety rating in every category tested by safety regulators, a distinction awarded to just one percent of all vehicles tested in the United StatesBen Gruber reports.

 - Tesla says its battery-powered Model S set a record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants in recent crash tests.

The electric car company, based in Palo AltoCalifornia and led by billionaire Elon Musk, says the Model S exceeded the safety score of all cars and trucks on U.S. roads, including sport-utility vehicles and minivans tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The electric car does not have a front engine block, giving it a longer "crumple zone" that allows the vehicle to absorb high-speed impacts more effectively than gasoline-powered rivals.

The Model S comes with a starting price of $70,000 before a federal tax credit. The company sold 5,150 cars in the second quarter and expects to sell 21,000 cars this year.