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Safety, efficiency and performance?

July 14th, 2019 | by Wyatt Mcninch

Safety, efficiency and performance?

Is gorgeous AND safe impossible? Not for this performance vehicle – it has roll bars!

The latest Roadster from Tesla Motors is a beautiful specimen. At the rock bottom price of $128K the lucky owner can have a comely exterior and an engine that will take you from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds. High performance tires and l-retooled suspension provide the grab and steering safety that people look for in a sports car. Plus this car is nearly twice as efficient as your run-of-the-mill Camery hybrid with its patented electric power train. And it has roll bars!

OK, so as much as we would like it to be, it isn’t the safest car on the planet; especially when the driver has a lead foot. But its efficiency can’t be beat for a car of its class.  So doesn’t a car that is inherently low emissions count toward safety? Fewer toxins in the air means cleaner breathing.

Safety reports for the latest Roadster aren’t in yet, but crash test videos for the 2017 models are available.

Emerging safety feature considerations for newly emerging electric vehicles? The batteries. Outlets retrofitted to work for an electric car have quite a bit of voltage flowing to them. Tesla has thought this through (and likely other manufacturers). The power cord for the Tesla electric cars are specially designed so that no metal is exposed. The design is also such that the cord, the car, and the wall talk to one another. So unless the connection is deemed to be safe, then no electricity is allowed to flow. The battery casing is accessible only with specific tools. This means a person would have to work hard to get an electric shock.

Obviously this is a high-end vehicle, but the innovation and forward-thinking engineering will eventually lead to the mainstream vehicles.

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