The Tesla Model S has been built to be super safe. This was proven again when the rear end of the vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. Not much harm was done to the electric sedan (not much more damage than the truck), and even the driver came out safely without any injuries, according to CleanTechnica.
Damage to the trailer surprised all
After the collision, the level of damage the two vehicles sustained was comparable, suggesting that the Model S is equally as tough as a semi. This, however, does not mean that all collisions between these two types of vehicles will result in a similar situation. Nevertheless, the crash still is an impressive illustration of how strong the Model S is built.
According to Teslarati, “The silver Model S seen in the photo had been purchased by Redditor ExMachina70 on eBay, and was being driven to him by a person hired by the original owner. The photos make it pretty clear what happened. The tractor trailer slammed into the rear of the Model S while it was on the highway. The driver of the car walked away with no reported injuries.”
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Heavy damage was done to the rear of the Model S, but the amount of damage done to the front of the semi surprised all, noted Teslarati. The driver clicked the images and sent them to the new owner, who then posted the images on his Imgur account.
The loss is on the original owner, as the title has not passed to the new one yet. The sellers have been advised not to cancel their insurance until the money has been paid by the buyer and the paperwork is completed.
Is the Tesla Model S really safe?
The Top Safety Pick status was not granted to the Tesla Model S in the newest IIHS report. The report said the Model S delivered a less-than-perfect performance during the small overlap front collision test. The seatbelt allowed the crash test dummy’s head to come into contact with the steering wheel, the testers found. They also expressed concerns about lower leg injuries. Apparently, the EV firm is already working to fix these possible issues.
Though none of them are deemed life-threatening, they kept the Model S away from getting a “Good” rating. The crash tests are theoretical, and the results are important. However, real-world experience has a different story to tell, which is that the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road.