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Model S Safety Rating

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Robert.Boston, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    From Exclusive Interview: Elon Musk Shows Cool Confidence About Tesla's Future
    This is the first time I've seen any Tesla official imply that the five-star ratings in all categories have been received. That's been the aspiration, but now it appears to be reality.

    Or am I reading too much into one sentence in one interview?
     
  2. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Probably reading too much. My guess is what was said was "aiming for five-star ratings in all categories", and the writer reported it incorrectly. Crash tests probably won't be finished for awhile longer.
     
  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Hard to tell with the "journalists" these days. They crank stories out, getting just enough information to sound informed in some cases. Could just be a misunderstanding. Though, if the betas were close (aside from the interior), I suppose it's possible. Would changing the interior mean you have to re-do the tests?
     
  5. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Tesla made crash tests with alphas and reported that the result was that the alphas weren't yet that in all categories, but in most. The above *might* also mean that the betas now achieve results which correspond to five-star ratings in all categories, but those might still be internal (or unofficial?) results.
     
  6. VolkerP

    VolkerP EU Model S P-37

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    Official crash tests will be done with beta 2 vehicles, produced in Fremont. The first vehicle assembly is under way, completing Nov 17. It is to debug production and assembly lines. Way to go for a crash test worthy vehicle to come off the Tesla Factory line.
     
  7. tdelta1000

    tdelta1000 Active Member

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    I see it as Mr. Musk saying when the Model S reach those ratings.
     
  8. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin President, Florida Tesla Enthusiasts

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    Hi,

    Just a month ago on October 2nd, at the Fremont event Elon said, "In fact, we believe the Model S will be the only car that will be 5-star crash rated in every category, without exception."

    Beta Reveal: Intro & Safety (Pt. 1)

    At about the 3:50 minute mark.

    I believe that statement remains the current accurate position of the company. As was alluded to by Volker a production version, completely made in the factory, didn't start construction until October 17th, with an expected completion duration of about a month. So obviously production crash testing can't start before the car is built.

    Larry
     
  9. PopSmith

    PopSmith Saving for a Model 3

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    This sounds correct to me. I remember hearing/reading that official crash-test vehicles must be made the same way the retail vehicles are.
     
  10. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    It's definitely not an official result, that will get a press releases when it comes (after actual production start July 2012).
     
  11. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Further clarifications on the earnings call yesterday.
     
  12. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    It's like subtitles translated to English from a bootlegged DVD from China.
     
  13. neroden

    neroden Happy Model S Owner

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    Indeed. Sounds to me like Elon's saying that they've smashed up 12 model S already in order to perfect their crash-safety design, and will smash up another 12 when the actual formal crash safety tests come.
     

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