Tesla managed to score 5.4 stars in the US NHTSA inspection in the US for their Tesla Model S, and now the company has managed to score 5 stars in Europe in the Euro NCAP safety tests.
According to Tesla, the Tesla Model S is one of just a few cars to score five stars in both the US and European safety tests, just two other cars have managed to get five stars in both in the last three years.
The reason so few models achieve 5-star ratings in both Europe and the U.S. is that each program places emphasis on different safety aspects in the assessment process. NHTSA emphasizes structural and restraint safety, with a deep focus on how well the vehicle can withstand and absorb the energy of an impact while protecting its occupants. It is also primarily concerned with adult occupants. On the other hand, Euro NCAP assesses a wider range of scenarios, including tests for child and pedestrian safety. Unlike for NHTSA, active safety is also an important part of Euro NCAP’s 5-star requirement. Every year, the European organization raises the standard for a 5-star rating to account for technological advances in the industry.
The dual 5-star ratings for Model S validate our holistic approach to safety. We have been engineering passive and active safety systems in parallel, so the car is structurally sound and is also designed to intelligently anticipate and react to potentially dangerous situations.
You can find out more details about how Tesla did in the Euro NCAP tests over at the company’s website at the link below.