Tesla Motors is head by someone who clearly sees the bigger picture and has made a success of all his companies. South African born Elon Musk has started up Tesla Motors, Paypal, SpaceX, and Solar City which are all valued at over $1 billion.
He certainly is a game-changer and continually works on bringing forth technology that will help society. Some of his recent contributions have been toward the Hyperloop, Gigafactory 1, and a colony on Mars. His bold and daring plans are something we don’t see enough of.
But as much of the hits the company has had, there has also been a substantial amount of misses. The company has lost about $2.5 billion since inception which certainly hasn’t sat well with investors. But despite this, the story of Musk and Tesla is still captivating.
Here are some things you may not know about Tesla
Founder of Tesla
Elon Musk is not the founder of Tesla Motors. The company was founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning and named after the Serbian-American electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. However, the company also considers Elon Musk, JB Straubel and Ian Wright as cofounders.
The Roadster was Tesla’s first model which was launched in 2008. Tesla produced its first 100 Roadsters in the span of a month with one unit costing 100,000 U.S dollars.
Top Gear attack
The first Roadster was described as a “barely-running science experiment” by Jeremy Clarkson in 2008. Things got ugly and a legal battle ensued between Tesla and Top Gear, which Top Gear won.
“Roadster was a Complete Disaster”
In fairly recent times, Musk admitted to his shareholders that the early Roadster was a complete disaster saying it “was completely unsafe,” it “broke down all the time,” and that it “didn’t really work.”
At one point, Musk wanted to take Google co-founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page for a ride in the early production unit and the car wouldn’t go faster than 16 km/h. He recalls, “I was like I swear guys it goes way faster than this”.
Fast forward to the present, the Roadster 2.0 was launched in the past week. It is now the first car to accelerate from 0-97 km/h in 1.9 seconds. It also rockets from 0-161 km/h in 4.1 seconds. This Roadster can also travel a distance of 998 kilometers on a single charge, which is almost double to what the Tesla Model S can achieve.
You don’t need to turn your Tesla off. Well, actually you can’t. Once you park the car, the car will automatically go into Sleep mode.
The Model X and Model S has what is known as the ‘park itself’ feature. With the help of a summon app, the car can be directed to park itself automatically and to pick its driver up.
The Model X tested to be stronger than utility poles when a side-impact test was done. Minimal damage was caused to the vehicle.
The Model S can accelerate from 0-97km/h in 2.5 seconds in its ‘Ludicrous Mode’.
Tesla’s Model S and Model X have a unique defence mechanism that protects its occupants from any bio-hazards. With the assistance of the HEPA air filtration system, medical-grade air fills the cabin. This air filtration system was specifically designed to stop harmful viruses and bacteria from getting into the car. In order to protect its occupants, the car deploys three different mechanisms that generate a suitable air pressure.
Tesla’s most expensive basic variant
The Tesla Model X has been designed as a family friendly sports car rather than a predictable SUV. It is also considered as the safest sports utility vehicle in the motor industry. Tesla has discontinued the production of the basic Model X 60D, however, the Model X 75D has a starting price of $90,000 (approx. R1,2 million).