Tesla Reports First Model S Car Crash, Passengers Unharmed
Whenever we hear about Tesla, we often visualize a future where the company's vehicle are silent (they are electric, after all), smooth, and safe to drive.
Sadly, that's not quite the case. You see, the harsh reality of this future is that Tesla's cars are still very much high-powered, highspeed vehicles that are capable of achieving speed well past the 160km/h mark, and with acceleration that brings the car from zero to 100km/h in less than four seconds.
This brings us to the main topic of this report. Last month, during a test run in Germany, one very enthusiastic daughter of a Tesla owner had it in her very good mind to steal away with her parent's Tesla Model S with four of her friends and go off on a joyride. Unfortunately for her, she lost control 104 HWM | JUNE 2016 of the car at some point, and ended up crashing the car. The girl and her friends were lucky: they escaped the car crash unscathed, even after it had flown more than 25 meters into a field, doing a roll before coming to a complete stop.
But that's not the miracle here. Despite being flipped and having its front half nearly obliterated, the Model S' chassis was practically untouched, and the design of the Model S played a vital role in insuring the safety of the passengers within.
To explain why this is, we've taken an excerpt of the Model S' build quality from HardwareZone.com.my to explain how the girls survived:
“The Tesla Model S has eight airbags, but it's actually two other features that have been getting most of the credit for protecting the passengers. One unique design feature of the Model S is its lack of an engine in the front of the car. Instead, the front storage area – or ‘frunk', as it is sometimes called – serves as a huge crumple zone that can absorb the brunt of head-on impacts. This ‘skateboard' chassis (it even sort of looks like one when you strip it down) also has multiple crumple zones that can help further dissipate the energy of a crash, so passengers are effectively shielded from the worst of any mishap.”
When Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, heard about the crash, he stated that he was relieved that all passengers in the car accident had survived.
The Model S' chassis and build quality helped insure the safety of the passengers. Image source: Humans in Space.