Firstly, we’ve got to get a little bit of history out of the way. After all, without history, we’d all be a bunch of wandering souls without a past, and as everything happens for a reason, everything happens also because something happened before it. And no, we’re not talking about the time/space continuum, we’re talking about the line of events leading up to the current time. And the timeline we’re interested in today is the Tesla Motor company timeline. And as Shakespeare himself once said: “What’s in a name?”
The Tesla name comes from Nikola Tesla, the late 19th century and early 20th century engineer and inventor—responsible primarily for helping to design modern alternating current, or rather AC supply. This name for such a company is rather fitting, seeing that the company specializes in electric vehicles.
We’ve got an article full of pertinent information about a company that many said would never succeed. The world was full of skepticism, fearing that the population of most countries would continuously need oil to power their vehicles, but the company slowly started to change the minds of many, particularly environmentalists. But beyond that, people of all sorts are getting into the mix, the company selling quite a few units, and that’s putting it extremely mildly, we’re afraid. To see exactly how well the company’s doing financially, and to find out other interesting things about this young but powerful motor company, read on, you won’t regret it. And hey, maybe you’ll be inspired to purchase your very own Tesla vehicle.
20 Elon Musk Has lead An Interesting Life
He was actually born in beautiful Pretoria, South Africa. He has a triple citizenship, one in his native South Africa, but also one in Canada and one in the US. As of this past june, his net worth is at 19.1 billion dollars. He studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He further studied at the University of Pennsylvania and of course the Wharton School of Business.
He excelled at his studies, as he has excelled in business.
The man has had his hand in many business ventures, and some of which you may have missed, including email payment company paypal.com, as well as Mars Oasis, an experiment intended to land a greenhouse on Mars.
19 Some Numbers
For a vehicle that was labeled as a “fad” and a novelty item that would not succeed in the long run, statistics show that it is in fact doing quite well. As of 2017, the company had sold 250 000 cars in that year alone. They ranked at number one when pitted against any of the electric car competitors in the industry. By 2016, they actually owned and operated a whopping 260 retail locations in the States alone. By 2017, they had some new locations in Korea and even Dubai, the richest country in the world.
18 The Tesla Pickup
And for those of you truck and pickup loving enthusiasts out there, Tesla also has made a pickup truck and it doesn’t lack anything in power, if that’s what you’re worried about. It is in fact a rather large truck.
After years of speculation and many sketches popping up online, the truck is in fact rather impressive and it indeed promises to be really powerful.
Elon Musk has stated that it will have 400 to 500 mile range, and will have a pneumatic suspension system for easing in hauling large loads. It’s a pickup that looks like a semi.
17 Dealership Disputes
Tesla has various locations that serve as showrooms in many malls across the US. They provide potential buyers with the chance to look at the cars and see how they work. But sales are usually made online via the website. They are a company for the future after all. Other automotive companies have independently owned dealerships in which salesmen make commissions as do the private owners. The fact that Tesla doesn’t offer this option has caused a few problems to arise amongst car dealerships. They also have a ban in place for manufacturers to sell the vehicles as well. All of this has led many independent dealerships to sue the company for its sales practices.
There were probably no greater critics of the Tesla Motor company than traditional fans of the motor vehicle. Fans of muscle cars and gasoline powered engines that roared from one corner of the continent to the next. But the company offers much more than just comfort and easy handling and convenience.
When designs of The Roadster surfaced, skeptics were still very harsh.
But once this car was unveiled, the skeptics grew fewer and fewer as the vehicle proved itself. As goes the expression, “the proof is in the pudding.” At a top speed of 250 miles per hour and a mile range of 620, the car competed well with any and all muscle cars of the last century.
15 The Company Is Very Young
With automotive companies that are old enough to have been founded in the early portion of the 20th century, Tesla Motors is a very young company indeed. It was a mere 15 years ago that the company was founded on July 1st, 2003. That’s right, it wasn’t that long ago, and we figure that the company can indeed be considered a millennial company. The company’s headquarters is in Palo Alto, California and among its founders are: Martin Eberhard, Mark Tarpenning, Ian Wright and of course last but not least, business magnate and engineer, Elon Musk.
14 How Tesla Electric Cars Work
Tesla cars run on battery power, using a very heavy battery that takes up a lot of the weight of the vehicle. Very different from hybrid electrical cars, which use hydrocarbon fuel as well as accelerated battery power, Tesla vehicles operate on battery power alone. With the aforementioned hybrid vehicles, drivers don’t have to worry about recharging as they do with the Tesla vehicles, as they recharge themselves as they run. But the Tesla vehicles run for about quite a few hundred kilometers before drivers need to recharge, which can be done at recharging stations, which aren’t all that easy to find on a long road trip.
Drivers can also install recharging stations at their own homes with the help of a registered electrician.
Although you’ll be saving at the pump, consumers must be aware that their electrical bill will increase considerably.
13 The Model S
One of the topmost rated cars of 2017 by Consumer Reports and it got a perfect 5.0 safety rating, the Model S is a car as good as it looks and as practical as any other. It also garnered Motor Trend’s prestigious car of the year award back in 2013. It’s been produced since 2012 and is still being produced. It’s the company’s top seller and for good reason. It was designed by Franz von Holzhausen, who at one time had worked for Mazda. The car contains a 100 kWh battery pack and the consumption of energy is 200.9 watt hours per kilometer.
12 Positive Feedback
There are many consumers of Tesla cars that have thoroughly enjoyed their experiences with their cars; many enjoying these cars even more than some classic standbys from the past. One consumer even compares his Tesla to his Ford Mustang, stating that his experience with the Tesla vehicle is far greater than his experiences with the Ford classic that has been rated at the top of consumer lists and voted one of the most powerful for years now.
Many have even stated that that the vehicles are fun to drive and they handle well.
And many also love the fact that they cost next to nothing to operate, and we can’t blame them for that.
11 Negative Reviews
Yet on the other hand, the cars have gotten their fair share of terrible reviews. Case in point: Sandy Monroe, CEO of Munroe and Associates, a benchmarking company located in Detroit says that their vehicles, particularly the Tesla Model 3, are actually quite flawed to say the least. Their critique was so bad, they were actually so bold as to question how the Tesla company could actually have released such a vehicle in the first place! Others have claimed that the cars have given up on them at the most inopportune times.
10 Powertrain Original Design
To say that these vehicles are rather original, both in style and mechanics, would indeed be a grave understatement. Just one look at specifications and designs, both early and recent, and anyone should definitely be impressed at the engineering and mechanics involved. Take the powertrain for the Model S: the axel in the rear is rather traditional to what has come before, but that’s where the similarities stop.
The rear and front axles have absolutely no mechanical linkage, and all power distribution is controlled through electrical means.
An example of the power behind this original beast, if there was in fact a question of power, the Model S P90D goes from 0 to 60 in a whopping 2.8 seconds.
9 Home Charging
Probably above all other comforts that the Tesla Motor company offers its consumers, is the fact that the car can be charged in the comforts of your very own home. For the average person, who works in their own city and runs errands in that same city, the situation is a dream come true, without having to worry about running to the gas station while going about their day. Many have said that the car acts just like a cell phone for that matter and well, that couldn’t be more of an accurate statement. Consumers can go about their day, and charge the car while they rest or sleep at night.
8 Destination Charging
Now if consumers want to go for that all-out drive in the hills or in the country, recharging becomes a tad of a problem, especially if the trips are overnight, that is. There are certainly not as many recharging stations as gas stations around and on that road up to the country, but in time we can imagine that that will have changed as well. But of course, with the installation of the Tesla Destination Charging network, which is a group of businesses that have installed wall connectors, this has made long distance traveling a lot easier to accomplish.
7 The Semi
Believe it or not, Tesla has unveiled a semi-truck that has shattered expectations once again. This is completely going to change the way companies haul goods and accessories up and down the continent.
If companies switch to the electric powered semis that Tesla has unveiled, then they can save big time.
In the long run of course—by saving on incredible amounts of money no longer used for gas. Of course this is a long term goal, but in thinking of the long term, the savings can indeed be huge, considering. This is just another example of how Mr. Musk is indeed changing the world, one advancement at a time.
6 The Batteries
Very different from other auto companies, Tesla doesn’t simply use a single battery cell. What did we expect? After all Tesla has not only moved electrical technology forward, they have bounded forward, and their battery technology is no doubt an example of how far and how precise this company can get. As opposed to the aforementioned single battery cell, they use an amazing 1000 plus batteries, and they actually look like batteries that you use in your remote controls and alarm clock. That’s right, the cylindrical batteries. 1000 of them power these vehicles. It’s astounding, yes, but when it comes to Tesla, nothing should really surprise us anymore.
5 The Motors
For years gearheads have been obsessing over engines from their favorite cars. Countless conversations have been had over a cold beer and greasy fingers about the fortitude of a particular motor and the flaws of another. As far back as we can remember, we studied the inner workings of every motor and for good reason. But the Tesla motor is simpler than ever expected, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be admired. The company makes two different kinds of motors: an inductor motor with three phase, four pole AC copper rotor (interestingly enough, this is where the Tesla logo comes from) and secondly, permanent magnet motors.
4 Other Interesting Features
As we’ve established, there are many positive aspects to these cars, and the awesomeness doesn’t stop there. There are quite a few other great pros when it comes to this car. Talk about driver assistance! We’ve sure come a long way from OnStar!
The autopilot is in fact semi-autonomous, which means it has adaptive cruise control and lane-changing warning sensors.
Elon Musk has actually claimed that the modern driver will be able to sleep in his/her car in the next two years. Another feature is the roof glass. It contains roof tiles that collect solar energy. The future is here, friends.
3 Used Products
Like any other product out there, Tesla has its ardent followers and their passionate detractors as well. There are people that absolutely love this product, claiming it was better than any other vehicle they ever owned, and there are many consumers who believe that the car is more of a disappointment rather than an answer to the world’s environmental woes. But as it turns out, the used vehicles fair pretty well compared to other vehicles.
The electronic parts last much longer than the parts in “regular” motor vehicles, and the fact that a combustion engine is not part of the mix, there are fewer complications that arise. But on the other side of that, it is electrical, and we all know that electronics are known to give up every now and again. But the solid consensus is that the used vehicles are indeed trustworthy with a few exceptions to the rule of course, as is the case with any other product. At the end of the day, it’s a gamble, but a pretty safe one.
2 No Emissions
Probably the group of people most excited about the Tesla cars all around the world are environmentalists, as the car is indeed eco-friendly, if ever there was one. With a promise of no emissions - as in no exhaust, therefore no pollution, therefore no more damage to the ozone layer. It needs an exhaust as much as a cell phone needs one. There’s absolutely no point, and the electrical system takes care of itself. This is an added advantage in sales, as the world is getting more environmentally conscious—it is in fact more environmentally conscious than ever before, so many more households will be thinking about purchasing a Tesla vehicle.
1 Promises For The Future
The company has already made leaps and bounds into the future, taking technology and the automotive industry to another level. But the things that Musk and the rest of the team have planned are definitely like nothing you can imagine. Just look at all he’s done.
But the technologies that the company has thrust upon the world are not the only positive changes made.
The world has benefited from an ecological standpoint as well, being a positive factor for the environment. But at the same time, the cars aren’t the most affordable out there. But Elon Musk has promised more affordable vehicles for the future and that too is very positive.
Sources: engadget.com, consumeraffairs.com, teslarati.com