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View Diary: Tesla Model S receives highest safety rating of any car ever tested (155 comments)

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  •  i think the collision safety is due to battery wei (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    ght.

    the 2,000 lb battery pack in the floor boards puts the CG
    about an inch below the wheel centers, so it's
    almost impossible to flip, corners good and with
    that kind of mass, it' takes a big hit.

    •  Oh. I thought it was... (1+ / 0-)
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      kurt

      ...the larger crumple zone to take the impact without having an engine block there.

      •  most of the risk comes from side impact (0+ / 0-)

        having that nice heavy pack low down keeps the
        vehicle low and moving slow,  but fatalities dropped
        wehn they added side impact protection to all cars

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