Tesla Re­ports First Model S Car Crash, Pas­sen­gers Un­harmed

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

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 Hard­ 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.

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