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Tesla head on collision with a Honda

childressmd

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Jan 30, 2013
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This thread will not end.

Yes, I know I don't have to read it.

But I chuckle nonetheless every time I scan down the new posts and find another post of new data, calculations and theories from the forum detectives.

 
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anticitizen13.7

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Dec 22, 2012
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I believe the weight of a 20 year old Accord was indeed half the weight.

Base weight of 2728 lbs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Accord#Fourth_generation_.281990.E2.80.931993.29 That's probably for an LX sedan. The EX weighs marginally more due to additional equipment.

Now depending on where the Accord was owned and driven, it could easily lose weight over time due to rust. In the U.S. Northeast, Accords like that one would be full of holes in the body. In California and the U.S. Southwest, there's a good chance of no corrosion at all. I don't know if total weight loss would go to a couple hundred pounds though without the car falling into pieces.
 

kinddog

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Oct 8, 2012
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Hillarious!

9ef9cdaa_hillary-point-and-laugh.jpe
 

yobigd20

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Oct 28, 2012
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I can't believe how undamaged the mid-to-rear of the Tesla is given the state of the Honda. looking at the two cars is like night and day. the crumble zone of the model S just completely swallowed up the entire impact leaving it's occupant 100% unscathed. at least now I feel really safe. can't say I'd say the same for anyone else on the other end though. :(
 

dflye

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Oct 7, 2011
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Raleigh, NC
What amazes me, in the two photos showing the (steel?) bumper that took the direct impact for the most part, it looks to be barely scuffed, let alone dented or bent. It seems to have maintained shape like the prow of an icebreaker ship, transferring all of the force of the impact to the crumple zone behind.
 

SCW-Greg

Active Member
Jun 13, 2012
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Beaverton, OR
Okay, no more wrecks people, let alone our own health and happiness (and those around us), this can't be good for insurance rates - if this car becomes known for this kind of driver/activity.

Use your Model S wisely and drive safe.
 

jeff_adams

Member
Mar 18, 2013
618
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Monterey
Okay, no more wrecks people, let alone our own health and happiness (and those around us), this can't be good for insurance rates - if this car becomes known for this kind of driver/activity.

Use your Model S wisely and drive safe.

Over 10k in VINS issued. Impressive that there haven't been more major accidents
 
Jan 6, 2012
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We called our insurance agent who is in Laguna Beach (even though we have since moved elsewhere) to talk about adding our soon-to-arrive Model S to our policy, and of course he brought up this crash (but also said the cost to ensure the Model S is coming up no higher than for any other new car). He also mentioned he had 10 customers get Model Ses in the past 10 days!
 

MikeK

R#129, TSLA shareholder
Jun 29, 2012
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San Francisco Bay Area
Yes, it was posted earlier but it's well buried in the depths of the thread. I posted almost exactly the same frame grab on page 17, in fact.

There is also a rather interesting photo posted to page 16 that shows a rear view of the car, but one in which you can deformation of the hood on the right side that I don't think is as evident in the overhead view.
 

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