Wednesday, June 29, 2022
News Tesla Model S Driver Survives Fall Off Cliff

Tesla Model S Driver Survives Fall Off Cliff

  • A Tesla Model S driver survived a fall off a cliff with merely a scratch on the arm

  • Driver credited the Tesla’s safety

  • Tesla vehicles have historically performed very well in crash safety testing

A Tesla Model S driver in Puerto Rico walked away with only a few scratches after tumbling down a cliff. The car, on the other hand, was thoroughly destroyed. The news was reported first on Twitter.

Few details have filtered through since the November 25 accident. Although the car is evidently destroyed, there doesn’t appear to be any fire damage which means the batteries were likely well protected. It is also quite surprising that the driver suffered so little injuries given the extent of the damage.

Tesla vehicles have historically performed very well in crash safety testing. The Model initially received a 5.4 Star rating from the NHTSA when the car was released in 2013, the best score ever recorded by a passenger car at the time. The Tesla Model S received the lowest probably of injury score in 2018 ahead of the Model S and Model X while the Model Y received a 5-star rating earlier this year.

IIHS testing hasn’t been as conclusive for the Model S. The car failed to score a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2017 testing because of only an Acceptable rating in the Small Overall Front Test. That said, the Model S did receive top marks for roof strength which would be a particularly important variable when going over a cliff.

In any case, this lucky Model S driver seemed to think that the Model S saved his life as he took the time to thank Elon Musk for the vehicle’s safety features.

Trending Now

Honda is Recalling More than 140,000 Older Ridgeline Pickups for Possible Rust Issues

The affected units include all of those sold in Canada and in the US salt belt The rear frame could rust in a...

Jaguar will Introduce Three Electric SUVs Starting in 2025

Jaguar will replace all of its models by EVs in 2025 The Three SUVs will reportedly include two and four-door mid-size models as...

The First Ever BMW M3 Competition Touring

It’s finally real! It will only be offered in maximum firepower Competition xDrive guise. The M3 Touring is a 503-horsepower family hauler. It’s like...

Pagani Building 5 Longtail Huayra Codalungas

Long-tail, streamlined bodywork for custom Huayra Pagani spent years working on the car with some very special customers Pagani has just confirmed, that yes...

Tesla will Fire 10% of its Salaried Employees in the Next Three Months

The CEO had already put a stop to all new hirings around the world This is to prepare for a possible recession The...
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.