Tesla Motors

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Tesla, Inc. is a company based in Palo Alto, California which makes electric cars. It was started in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk (who also co-founded PayPal and is the CEO of SpaceX). Eberhard no longer works there.[1] Today, Elon Musk is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).[2] It started selling its first car, the Roadster in 2008.

The Tesla name originally comes from Nikola Tesla. He was an inventor who worked with electricity, electric cars and many other ideas along with Thomas Edison a century earlier.

Roadster[change | change source]

Tesla Roadster

There were some test cars built from 2004 to 2007, but regular production started in 2008. From then until the end of 2011, they sold 2,150 Tesla Roadsters to customers in 31 countries.[3] It sold for about $100,000 dollars, but it was very fast (0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds) and could go a long way before the batteries needed to be recharged. One big problem of electric cars compared to cars that run on gasoline, is that most electric cars could not go very far before needing to be recharged. A gasoline car can often go 300 or 400 miles before needing more gas, but most electric cars could not go over 100 miles on a charge (EV-1, RAV4-EV, etc.). The Roadster could go 220 miles on a single charge.[1]

Model S[change | change source]

The Model S replaces the Roadster. It is sold with different battery sizes - for $58,750 it can go 160 miles. The top end can go 265 miles on a charge and with all the extras can cost $100,000. The 2013 Model S was named the MotorTrend Car of the Year,[4] the 2013 Car of the Year by Automobile Magazine[5] and the 2013 World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show.[6] It has a 0.24 coefficient of drag, which is more aerodynamic than a Toyota Prius, so it uses less energy to push the air out of the way as it moves.

Model X[change | change source]

The Tesla Model X is an SUV that has been delayed,[7] but is scheduled to come out in 2015.[8]

Tesla Model 3[change | change source]

The Tesla Model 3 is a 4 door sedan that began going on sale in 2017. By the end of the third quarter of 2018 they had delivered 40,470 cars. [9]

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  2. "Tesla Motors Executives". Tesla Motors. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. "Tesla Company Overview". Reuters. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  4. "2013 MT Car of the Year". MotorTrend. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. "2013 Car of the Year". Automobile Magazine. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. "Tesla Model S Award". Environmental News. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. "Tesla Delay Model X". Business Insider. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  8. "Tesla Model X in 2015". Car and Driver. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  9. Thomas, Phil LeBeau, Lauren (2018-07-02). "Tesla hits Model 3 production target, sending shares higher". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-07-02.