Tesla Model S earns top U.S. crash rating

Tesla Motors Inc.'s flagship electric car Model S has receives top crash test rating from U. S. regulators, billionaire Elon Musk-led electric-car manufacturer announced.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla announced that the battery-powered Model S scored five-star rating in every category of safety & crash tests set by the U. S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The manufacturer said that the high crash test rating proved that the car has the "lowest likelihood of injury to the occupants," adding that it exceeded the performance of sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) as well as minivans.

Tesla also claimed that the safety rating earned by Model S surpassed every major model in the country. The manufacturer claimed that the Model S earned a 5.4 star rating, though the NHTSA didn't publish the ratings as it doesn't publish star ratings above 5.

In a May review, the Tesla Model S, which starts at around $70,000, was named as one of the best the best cars ever tested by the Consumer Reports magazine.

It may be noted here that just around one per cent of vehicles tested by the U. S. traffic safety watchdog earn five stars in every category of safety & crash test.

Tesla shares on Monday jumped 2 per cent to $144.90 apiece in New York.