While California-based Tesla Motors is now producing other all-electric vehicles, it is most frequently noted for its first—the Tesla Roadster, a fully electric sports car.
Featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2006, the Tesla electric car went into general production for the public in 2008.
Not only does Tesla Motors sell its automobile batteries to other automakers, it began to produce the highly successful Model S, an all-electric sedan that won the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award in 2013.
Tesla is now at work on the Model X and envisions a full line of electric automobiles someday that includes mini-vans.
Tesla Model S
Photo By Oleg Alexandrov
Company founders wanted to introduce the tesla electric car to a more main-stream audience.
Founded in 2003, the company is doing what it set out to.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal from May
2013, “Tesla's share price has soared this year on rave reviews for its
electric car, growing sales and its first quarterly profit”
Few fail to realize that without government subsidies and incentives for buyers entering the electric vehicle market, the tesla electric car may not have hit the ground running as hot—or even as warmly as it as.
Government policy has helped the new automaker especially in states like California where the green thing is in full swing.
With a government pushing for more renewable platforms for the auto industry, most people outside of the traditional auto industry are pleased with this turn of events.
The company’s cars have luxury sticker prices, but most reviews and industry acclaim suggest that Tesla’s electric cars perform and are leading other companies to embrace the electric future.
Tesla is also a lithium-ion battery maker and is selling its phenomenal batteries to other car makers like Toyota.
Tesla’s First Electric Car: The Roadster
Tesla’s first electric vehicle, the Roadster became well known for its ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.
When the vehicle came on the market it was priced at close to $110,000, but for a highly performing all-electric sports car that signaled the alternative energy future had arrived in style.
This was a monumental moment in vehicle history.
Acclaimed by Time, Motor Trend, and other industry experts, the Roadster may not be applicable for everyone, especially at that price, but it did suggest that Tesla knew what it was doing and the cars success allowed the company to move forward with other designs.
Today when most people refer to the Tesla electric car, they are talking about the Model S which is selling out in many markets and has a less-costly sticker price—about $70,000 according to the Wall Street Journal report.
Tesla’s website features Model S vehicles with fewer options at a sticker price of about $62,000.
This car has only been retailed since 2012, but it has made a splash in the market and is helping to bring all-electric vehicles to the forefront of the auto industry.
Consumer Reports said:
“The Model S, an all-electric plug-in car, earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the magazine's tests...and that it’s the best car it has tested."
Along with this high praise, Motor Trend called the Model S “a game-changer of a car.”
Often touted for its sleek style, the car is most notable for its excellent performance—its all-electric performance!
Envisioning the Greener World
Tesla is ultimately pushing electric vehicles to the forefront of the industry with their successful vehicles.
Their electric cars aren’t priced economically, but they are produced to perform at an outstanding level.
This performance of the Tesla electric car is inspiring other automakers to embrace their electric futures too.
A big factor in Tesla’s success is their effective battery that allows drivers to go further on a single charge.
Its excellent performance is what is prompting other automakers to seek out Tesla’s batteries.
The 85 kWh battery pack model gets 265 miles before another charge is needed.
Tesla’s Future Plans
Tesla is expected to release the Model X in 2014, but the electric automobile maker is also hoping to one day produce a full line of all-electric vehicles that would include family-friendly autos like mini-vans.
As the company states on its website, it “set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome.”
Reviews suggest that the Tesla electric car has done that and now has plans to bring that awesomeness to new designs.
Tesla may be a new player on the automaker field, but it is proving that its auto solutions are serious and seriously good.
Their future is tied to an exciting and ever evolving Eco automotive landscape that is taking shape in the modern world.