The NHTSA tested the likelihood of injury to occupants if Tesla’s Model S was struck from the front, side and rear. It also tested the probability of injury from rollover accidents. Tesla’s Model S has a rear mounted engine, which helped the car in its test. The lack of engine in the front gave the car a large “crumple zone” to protect passengers from head-on collisions. A machine used to test roof strength broke during a test to see how much the Model S’ roof could handle, reports Reuters.
Tesla claims that in a test preformed by the company that it couldn’t get the Model S to rollover under normal circumstances. The company claims that this is due to the fact that the battery pack in the Model S is located below the floor pan, which gives the car a lower center of gravity.
TSLA shares were up 2% as of midday Tuesday, continuing a 336% year-to-date run.