Tesla Rear-Ended by Prius in Denmark, Pushed Under SUV


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Yeah, It's Totalled (Maybe the Prius was Jealous)
ShareSeems like all those crash-tests (more about that below) that Tesla did paid off. The pics (1 above, 2 below) are from a pretty bad crash that took place in Denmark a few days ago. From what we know, the brand new Tesla Roadster (with about 400 miles on it) was stopped because of some construction on the road when a Toyota Prius rear-ended it at fairly high speed, pushing it under a VW Touareg SUV. Ouch.
Steen Joergensen, the driver of the Tesla, left two comments at AllCarsElectric giving more details about the crash:

I am the driver of the Tesla in the three-way crash. I`am all right and as Jason writes above, both front and back crumple zones did their job well. But Tesla could do better with the neck support on top of the seat, it was very hard on my head. But the accident has convinced me that the Tesla is a very safe sports car. There were no damage in the passanger compartment at all. The Tesla was brand new and had only been running for 400 miles and it was very sad for the owner, I had lent it from. Over all, 6 people went to the hospital, and after 3 hours we were all on our way home. 12 hours after the accident, my famely and I could enter the plane for a week holiday in New York.

And:

I hit my head at the neck support, but I have not been suffering from whiplash yet. The doctors tell me there could be ocuring probems later, but not yet :O)
The Tesla was only 14 days old and i had ben driving it for 400 miles. A new roaster has been orderd and paid by the insurance company and will arrive in Denmark in about 6 months. The new S model will not be avaliable here in DK until 2012.

The driver of the Toyota Pirus Hybrid did not notice that the traffic was stopped in front of him (roadworks on the road). First he hit a motorbike, then me in the Tesla and I was pushed forward under the Touareg.

And just for fun, some pics of Tesla's Roadster crash tests:


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Photo: Tesla Motors

Photo: Tesla Motors

Photo: Tesla Motors

You can find more details about Tesla's crash test process on Malcolm Powell's blog (here and here).

Via Autopia

See also: Photos of Crashed Tesla Electric Roadster in Junkyard
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