It was at the beginning of the 21st century, all Automobile companies were happy after seeing the growth in car sales year after year.
In parallel to this:
Gas prices all around the globe started going up. The United States had to face huge consequences of this.
This was mainly because America was the top consumer of gas at that time and now they had come up with something alternative.
This even led them to wage war against oil-rich nations in the middle east.
It was then Tesla motors, an electric car company came up.
Well, it was a boon in disguise for America, but it was a complete opposite for other car manufacturing companies that were already in the market.
The only reason was Tesla being an electric car company it posed a potential threat to native gasoline car manufacturers.
As of today, Tesla had become a nightmare for gasoline car manufacturers. Tesla had grown from nothing to multi-billion dollar company today.
So, that’s all with the intro let’s get into it:
10 things you didn’t know about Tesla motors
To start with, we will have to go back to the time when Tesla motors started. I hope you’re there and if yes let’s start then 🙂
1. Elon Musk is not the founder of Tesla Motors
Yes, you heard me. Although Elon Musk was the sole reason why Tesla had become billion dollar company he wasn’t the one who started it.
It was early 2000’s,
big names like GM came out and said that they had spent roughly a billion in developing the electric car, but they failed.
Marc Tarpenning saw all these happen and decided to went on doing something great, that was considered impossible by automobile industry leaders.
On April 23, 2003, Tarpenning bought domain name Tesla motors and started a new era of electric cars.
2. Tesla’s first car was Roadster
If you’re a tech fan then I’m pretty sure that you’ve seen Elon Musk recently held an event unveiling tesla trucks, but it was then Elon did surprise all his fans by doing something crazy,
He unveiled Tesla Roadster 2.0
Tesla’s new roadster comes with amazing specs and will start delivering the first ones by 2020, Elon said.
Well, this is actually a second gen Roadster by Tesla.
Tesla didn’t had much reputation when the Roadster 1.0 came out during early 2000’s.
The original Roadster 1.0 wasn’t a hit, it was like a body of a Lotus car with the engine and battery of Tesla, also records say they could manage to deliver only a few thousands of them.
3. Tesla’s innovations are all open source
Tesla Motors was actually named after a legendary scientist Nikola Tesla, all the modern day electronic equipment that we use today are direct or indirect work of him.
Nikola Tesla never cared about patents, he just wanted to do good for the public.
It looks like even Tesla motors seem to follow Nikola Tesla’s footsteps, Tesla motors made all their innovations open source.
Tesla Motors wouldn’t initiate any lawsuits if one uses the innovations by Tesla motors in good faith. Elon Musk also said that:
Tesla’s real competition wasn’t with the small number of cars produced by other automakers, but rather with 100 million regular cars produced which are a real threat to the environment.
4. World’s first cars that can learn on their own
I hope you all have heard about Tesla’s Autopilot feature that lets you drive hand’s free on highways. It’s first of it’s kind and Elon once again amazed everyone introducing this new feature.
driverless cars track record has still proven that an autopilot-driven car is safer on the road than a human-driven car.
Sounds, amazing how can a software do all these?
Tesla’s autopilot service is constantly learning and improving and uses Machine learning to do so if one car learns something interesting same will be shared with all other Tesla cars too.
5. Tesla is the most loved American car
The Models S earned especially high marks for its good looks (arguably on par with offerings from Aston Martin and Jaguar) and its aggressive drive style (0-60mph in around 4 seconds).
While Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz earned some top spots in their respective statements, Tesla beat them all as the current favorite.
In case you’ve never heard of this award before,…
…the CLI was created by brand consulting firm Strategic Vision and measures the amount of love buyers experience with their new cars and trucks.
6. Tesla’s Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made
Elon Musk promised a surprise during the Tesla semi unveiling event, and boy did he deliver: the return of the Roadster.
But it ain’t an ordinary car, its something else.
The stunning four-seater roadster boasts jaw-dropping numbers, that if they measure up to Musk’s claims, will make it the world’s quickest production car.
In his remarks, Musk described it as a “smackdown” to the fossil fuel-addicted auto industry.
Elon said that Roadster can do 0-60mph figure in 1.9sec, and 0-100mph in 4.2sec. The quarter-mile would be shrugged off in 8.8sec. With these specs, Roadster will be the fastest production car ever made.
7. Tesla cars just take 2 minutes to recharge from 0-100%
Sounds suspicious right? First time I heard this even I was like, how on planet earth could one manage to charge a battery fully in 2 minutes which could make a car run 300 miles nonstop.
But then I was wowed.
Although Tesla has a huge network of superchargers spread across the globe, Elon did receive complaints from Tesla drivers saying that few a times they would have to wait in the queue to get a spot for charging their car.
Elon took this issue seriously and came up with an innovating idea, battery swapping.
Elon Musk in his recent Tesla event showcased that battery swapping technique could replace a discharged battery with the fully charged battery within 2 minutes.
He also said that this tech will be made available in all supercharging stations soon.
8. Tesla Model S is the safest car on the planet
Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S is the safest car that you can ever drive till date.
Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception.
Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board.
Actually, Tesla was so perfect that, NHTSA doesn’t have a star rating high enough to award its correct rating of 5.4 stars.
Model S, even broke the testing machine because it was so strong. Adding to this, Model S, refused to roll over during normal testing procedures.
This was because Tesla cars have battery pack beam below the floor pan, hence they have a lower center of gravity.
9. Tesla Model S and X comes with Bioweapon defense
Tesla’s Model S and X vehicles have some of the most advanced air filter systems to the point that the automaker has been making some incredible claims about it.
Musk credited Google co-founder Larry Page for turning him onto the idea and with the Model X in 2015, Tesla introduced a brand new HEPA air filter system.
The automaker claims that:
HEPA filters are about 10 times larger than a normal car filter and it is “100 times more effective than premium automotive filters” as it removes “at least 99.97% of the fine particulate matter,…
…gaseous pollutants, as well as bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold spores.”
Musk also said that Model S and X vehicles can withstand the apocalypse and any biological weapons.
10. Tesla’s logo is actually the cross section of an electric motor
Tesla’s logo is certainly not anonymous, but it turns out there’s more to it than may be immediately apparent.
Although the symbol looks like a stylish T it actually represents the company’s products, said Elon Musk.
The Tesla logo is intended to represent the cross-section of an electric motor.
Tesla uses AC induction motors in its vehicles and while the company’s engineers have, of course, changed the design of the motors, it is still based on work done over 100 years ago by Nikola Tesla,…
…which is partly why founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning named their company after him.
After surpassing Ford lately, Tesla became the most valuable car company in America recently as it surged past General Motors.
As of today, Tesla is worth $53.5 billion, compared with $53 billion for GM and $45 billion for Ford.
But still there’s a long way ahead for Tesla, let’s just hope for the best.
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