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Tesla is moving forward with its Model S sedan, and it has set some strong goals for the car when it comes to safety.
The company has set a lofty goal for the Model S to achieve. Tesla wants the car to earn the federal government's five-star safety rating.
Five-star ratings aren't easy to achieve, but if Tesla can earn one, it will help the start-up draw customers for reasons other than the novelty of its electric propulsion systems.
To accomplish this, the company will follow a manufacturing process that will have similar flow to what more established automakers use in their own plants. The Model S will be built in Fremont, CA.
Tesla is also planning to integrate the different powertrain components into one sub-assembly, with the battery pack then providing a final element to the body's structure. Tesla is promising that the battery pack can be quickly swapped out for a new one.
There is a lot of buzz--and a lot of skepticism--around Tesla's chances for success, and it appears that the company is trying to show off its plan for potential customers. We'll see how well that plan is executed in the coming months.