Every surface, seam, and stitch is a carefully considered balance between tactile, visual, and environmental friendliness. Door handles are made from hand polished zinc, the leather trim uses premium Nappa leather, and décor pieces are minimally finished to preserve their natural beauty. Materials are sourced as close to our California factory as possible to reduce the environmental impact of transporting them long distances.
Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest car on the road, as proven by a maximum-possible 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). Much of its safety is owed to the unique electric drivetrain that sits beneath the car’s aluminium occupant cell in its own subframe. This unique positioning both lowers the car’s centre of gravity, which improves handling and minimises rollover risk, and replaces the heavy engine block with impact absorbing boron steel rails.
Performance, style and exemplary safety
Side impacts are met by aluminium pillars reinforced with steel rails to reduce intrusion, protecting occupants and the battery pack while improving roof stiffness. In the event of an accident, airbags protect front and rear occupants, and the the battery system automatically disconnects the main power source. Should the worst happen, there is no safer car to be in than Model S.