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Electric Vehicles’ Safety Shows Through Numerous Crash Tests

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From Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists for LiveScience:

Josh Goldman is a policy analyst for clean vehicles at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) where he leads legislative and regulatory campaigns to reduce U.S. oil consumption. This article was adapted from a post to the UCS blog the Equation. Goldman contributed this article to LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

You are probably aware that electric vehicles are clean, cheap to fuel, and an important part of our plan to reduce projected oil consumption by half within 20 years. You may not be aware, however, that you can now add another important feature to the list of electric vehicle benefits: safety.

Recently, Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a five-star safety rating — and, the vehicle earned the best overall test score of any vehicle NHTSA tested. While a five-star score has been attained by other vehicles, the 2013 Model S achieved an overall vehicle safety score of 0.42. This is the lowest score — and in this case lower is better — of any vehicle that NHTSA has tested under a new rating system that began in the 2011 model-year.

It’s no wonder Tesla couldn’t help but boast: the machine designed to test how much weight a car’s roof can withstand broke after more than four times the force of gravity to the Model S. That’s like stacking four Model S’s on top of the test model without breaking the roof.
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