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PHOTO CAPTION: Tesla Model S body-in-white on display at NAIAS 2011.

Electric Cars and Safety

ABC News report on safest cars of 2011 includes look at Tesla Model S.

Published: 24-Jan-2011

The Tesla Model S is a four-door electric sedan set for sale in 2012. It'll go 300 zero-emission miles on one charge and get to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, all for $57,000--a bargain-basement price compared with the $95,900 Fisker Karma or the $109,000 Tesla Roadster. But Tesla Vice President and Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson knows he'll have to convince Americans that the car is safe before he has any chance of persuading them to actually buy it.

That's why the Model S' bare aluminum body--and its steel bumpers--were on clear display at the North American International Auto Show last week.

"We are baring our soul by showing this," Rawlinson said. "The body shell is the lightest in its class, but we believe it's also the safest."

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