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Tesla Model S’ Top Safety Rating Highlights How All Electric Cars are Safe

Earlier this week, Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—which crash-tests all new cars sold in the U.S. to ensure they meet the required safety standard—gave the Model S an official five-star rating across the board, a rating only given to about the top one percent of all new cars on the road today.

On NHTSA’s internal scoring system, used to give feedback to automakers on how to improve their car’s safety, the Model S was awarded a rating of 5.4—the highest score to be given a car of any fuel type on NHTSA’s crash tests. Tesla has since been reprimanded by NHTSA for publicly releasing what should be an internal-only score. NHTSA’s public scoring system only goes to five stars. But there’s a bigger point: Tesla’s NHTSA test results once again show that EVs are as safe or safer than traditional gasoline cars—hopefully putting to rest any public concerns about EV safety.
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