Model S Concerns May Be Overblown
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tesla Motors
According to a source close to the situation, Tesla has looked at the service logs for the vehicle "with a fine tooth comb," finding conflicting results with the filed report.
One Model S owner complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that his wife was leaving the couple's driveway, when the car accelerated suddenly, hitting a curb. The owner says the car was going approximately 5 mph down the driveway, when the car accelerated, hitting the curb, with a portion of the car landing on a retaining wall.
The driver said a Tesla engineer told him the car accelerated from 18% to 100% "in a split second," though the engineer also said there was a built-in safeguard which prevented the accelerator from going beyond 92%.
The NHTSA recently awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating.
Greenautoblog was the first to report the complaint to the NHTSA.
Tesla confirmed to TheStreet that it is looking into the matter.
In other Model S-related news, Hertz
"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. "The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers."
The Model S is available at both San Francisco and Los Angeles airports, and Hertz is offering the 85 kWh model, capable of going 265 miles in a single charge.
TheStreet recently reviewed the Model S with the P85 kWh battery. You can read the full review here.
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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