The news just keeps getting better for Tesla Motors, the California-based electric carmaker. After reporting higher than expected earnings and production numbers, the company was informed that their new flagship vehicle, the Model S, received five-star crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to Automotive News, that means the car earned the highest possible marks for both side and frontal-impact crashes.
Ratings such as these can do wonders for any model, especially one that has captured the public’s imagination like the Tesla Model S. Those who were interested in the high-end electric car as a novelty item may now accept it as a functional and safe family sedan.
In addition to the favorable ratings, the company also announced plans to increase sales in the second quarter, which won’t be a problem because consumers are literally lining up for a chance to buy them. Tesla Motors is also considering a plan to double production next year. The new crash-test ratings from the NHTSA may be enough to convince the automaker that they have what the public needs.