Palo Alto, CA Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.


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. While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents.


Tesla Is Outselling Cadillac, Chrysler, Porsche, and Mitsubishi in California


For all its virtues—performancesafetycomfort, potential fossil-fuel savings—the Tesla Model S is still dismissed by many critics as a toy for the 1 percent. It’s true that its base price of $63,570 (after a federal rebate) puts it out of most people’s reach. But new sales figures out of California may surprise those who doubt electric vehicles’ mainstream appeal.

In the first half of 2013, Tesla captured 0.6 percent of the total light-duty vehicle market in the state—more than Buick, Fiat, Land Rover, Lincoln, or Mitsubishi. And looking only at June, the latest month for which figures are available, Tesla also topped Cadillac, Chrysler, and Porsche. That’s especially impressive when you consider that those brands are selling multiple different cars, whereas the Model S is the only Tesla vehicle in production. The data come from Polk via the latest report from the California New Car Dealers Association.


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Model X


But now that Tesla has won over the market with its fun models like Model S and Roadster, they are starting to test the waters for family cars. The Model X is another stunning addition to the Tesla line which refuses to fit the status quo of what a family car should look like.

As explained by co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk, the Model X will attempt to exceed the functionality of a people carrier (minivan), surpass the style of a 4×4 (SUV), and out-do the performance of a sports car. While this is a laundry list of promises, several features of the model will ensure that they become a reality.