Tesla Motors Inc. has disclosed that the 5-star safety rating given by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the Model S sedan is reaffirmed for 2014. The reaffirmation comes even as the NTHSA started an investigation on the Model S last month, following several fire incidents in Tennessee and Washington state involving the electric vehicle, which occurred when drivers struck metal debris while cruising the road.
In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, Tesla said that the German Federal Motor Transport Authority -- Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt – has completed its review of the incidents and found no manufacturer-related defects or need for further action.
A third fire took place in Mexico in which a driver collided with a concrete barrier while cruising at high speeds. There were no reported injuries related to the incidents from any of the collisions.
Tesla’s shares have dropped 26 percent from a record high closing price of $193.37 on Sept. 30, 2013 after the battery-related fire incidents were reported. The shares, however, have surged more than fourfold this year to $143.55 at the close in New York trading on Monday.
With two engines, one in the front and another in the rear, Tesla Model S digitally and independently manages torque to the front and rear wheels. The outcome is unmatched traction control in all situations. Unlike traditional all-wheel drive cars that give up fuel effectiveness for enhanced traction, Tesla's Electric All Wheel Drive system enhances proficiency.
Attaining 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, Model S is the fastest four-door vehicle ever manufactured.
Top-notch handling is the outcome of a remarkably low center of gravity, thanks largely to the battery pack located along the floor pan, centered between the axles. No other production vehicle has a more perfect placement of mass for ideal manoeuvrability.
Without an internal combustion engine, Tesla Model S takes into account extra cargo space and provides a roomy cabin that can fit five grown-ups and two kids (rear-facing jump seats).
The 17" center touchscreen flawlessly incorporates media, navigation, communications, cabin control and vehicle information into one intelligent interface. Many features are reflected on the instrument board and are voice-controlled to concentrate the driver's attention on the road.
Model S enables you to travel to any place without using a drop of gasoline. The EPA rates the proficiency of Tesla Model S as equivalent to 90 mpg.