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Accident shows safety Model S!

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Maarten, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Maarten

    Maarten Active Member

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    Today one of our Dutch fellow forum members was hit from the rear by another car.
    The results are absolutely staggering.... in a positive way regarding the strength of the Model S!
    Luckily nobody was injured. Tesla said the parking of the Model S are not working anymore... :biggrin:
    The people that came to clear the cars of the accident site called the Model S 'a tank'.
    The photo's show why: Schade topic - Page 14
     
  2. AMPd

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    WOW!
    The other car looks like it literally hit a tank!
     
  3. Lump

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    I wonder if he has the rear facing kids seats with the second bumper & reinforcements?
     
  4. jomo25

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    Either that or the optional 'Rear Force Field'. Glad everyone is ok (assuming both vehicles).
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. Any way to find out if that car has the rear seats? Pretty amazing.
     
  6. Maarten

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    No, the Model S involved has no rear facing seats and no extra reinforcements.
     
  7. redevries

    redevries René de Vries

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    After the accident the car gave warning that the parking assistance wasn't working. Nobody was hurt, the guy causing the accident was driving a loaner since he had recently smashed his own car in a similar accident.
     
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    #8 NigelM, Feb 13, 2014
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    Reposting the photos from the Dutch thread:

    OP also stated that the Model S rear trunk still opened and closed OK.
     
  9. Doug_G

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    Wow. The Model S looks scratched, the other car looks totaled.
     
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    That is amazing. I love this car. Just keeps getting better. Its been over a year and I still get excited to drive it.
     
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    I didn't add rear facing seats because I was worried about my kids back there. Maybe I should reconsider before confirming.
     
  12. austinEV

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    The kids just end up back there for an hour a year, when you are carting 6 or 7 family members out to eat (in my experience). useful option.
     
  13. tom66

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    Do take note that the car in the accident looks like an old Volvo or such - these cars, while among the safest cars of their time, hold nothing to a car engineered to modern standards like Model S. I think if you had, for example, two Teslas colliding, you'd have a lot more damage on both. Still, they would be safe for the passengers. Really bad crashes like this:

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    show that even in severe accidents, the structure of the vehicle (passenger occupant cell) remains completely intact. That photo is from a car without rear seats so missing additional reinforcement bar.
     
  14. Theshadows

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    Our kids were in it every trip for the first 2-3 weeks. Now they get back there once a month or like AustinEV says when we are taking 6 or 7 people somewhere.
     
  15. ken830

    ken830 Model S (Res#P12,447)

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    Cars without rear-facing seats do have extra reinforcement in the rear bumper area if they are pre VIN-5,xxx. That is when they switched the design and no longer allowed post-delivery installation of rear-facing seats. Do we know the VIN of this particular car is?
     
  16. Theshadows

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    I don't think they were shipping to the Netherlands then were they?
     
  17. tom66

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    It has an "-A" battery. Surprisingly can't find anything more on it; found it on the Stretchla blog...
    http://cafeelectric.com/stretchla/

    So maybe it has the bar in place. But also some vehicles near the end of the 5,000 have a mix of "-A" and "-B" batteries.
     
  18. MikeC

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    Only North American, maybe even only US were under 54xx.
     
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    Texting that you will be home in twenty minutes so dinner is ready on time is so much more important that paying attention to traffic ...

    As a motorcyclist there are few things I hate more than inattentive drivers.
     
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    No, it's a standard S85 without rear facing seats.

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    I uploaded some more pictures. The police asked me what car he hit. When I told him it was the Tesla, they almost didn't believe it. The other driver needed an ambulance for checkup, but he's ok. I think his car is beyond repair though.

    The Tesla worked fine, the only message I got was an error coming from the rear parking sensors. An hour later a drove 80km home with the car. The last photo is a picture from this morning, at home.

    The car was delivered last December, so a bit a bummer to have an accident with it already. The bumper will need replacement I think, and the trunk has a small dent, don't know if it is easy to fix that. The trunk is still able to open and close. I hope there is no invisible damage. It's realy amazing, and I'm very happy I drove this car.


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