According to a release issued on Tuesday by Tesla Motors (TSLA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] gave to the best-selling U.S. electric car, the highest score a car can get. Tesla’s ‘Model S’ got 5.4, with five stars being the best. “Yes,” writes Travis Okulski at Jalopnik. “It broke the scale.”
Tesla says that the Model S, which has already been getting great reviews, and won “Car of the Year” from Motor Trend, did exceptionally well by scoring a 5-star rating in each safety category — front-end crash, side crash and rollover crash.
“Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants,” Tesla said in its statement. “While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans”.
Despite a starting price of $70K before a federal tax credit, the Model S, a full-sized electric four-door hatchback sports sedan, is doing quite well in terms of sales. Tesla says it has sold 5,150 of its flagship vehicle in Q2 and plans to sell 21,000 cars this year.
TSLA reacted positively to the news by gaining $4.68, or 3.23%, to $149.58 at the end of Nas trading Tuesday. The ticker has more than quadrupled in value so far this year.