The History of Tesla Motors, the World's Popular Electric Car Brand

Tesla Motors is a world-famous electric car manufacturer. Products from Tesla are starting to be found, especially on the streets of big cities. Tesla cars have also been paved in Indonesia. Behind the success of Tesla, it turns out that there is an interesting history to discuss.

Tesla Logo
Tesla Logo

Tesla's Early History

Tesla Motors was founded by two automotive engineers, namely Martin Ebenhard and Marc Tarpenning in July 2003. These two men wanted to prove that electric cars are better, faster, and more fun to drive than petrol cars. In addition to Ebenhard and Marc Tarpenning, Elon Musk is the founder and chief executive of Tesla Motors.

Tesla's name itself is taken from the name of the inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer and electrical technician from the United States, namely Nikola Tesla. Thanks to Tesla's invention in the 19th and early 20th centuries, electric cars became popular because at that time, electric cars were more comfortable and easier to operate than petrol cars.

The history of Tesla itself began in 2004, where Elon Musk had the main goal of commercializing electric cars starting from premium sports cars as a beginning. Tesla sales initially focused on sports cars, then went into more popular vehicles, including sedans and compact cars. Musk wants a car made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster

In 2005, Tesla began signing a contract with Lotus to produce complete cars without powered engines. This is the forerunner of Tesla's premium sports car, namely the Tesla Roadster.

Tesla Roadster itself was launched in July 2006. This car is fully electric engine. In a single battery charge, this car can cover a distance of 356km. Tesla Roadster can cover 0-100km/h in just 4 seconds. With this technology, the Tesla Roadster has its own special features that other sports cars don't have. This car is environmentally friendly and makes no noise at all.

Thanks to the Tesla Roadster, Musk was awarded the 2006 Global Green design award presented by the former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. In addition, Musk received another award, namely the Index Design Award in 2007 thanks to the Tesla Roadster.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

In 2009, Tesla re-launched a new electric car to accompany sales of the Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Model S was introduced to the general public in March 2009. This electric-engined sedan has stunning features, one of which is a dashboard with a touch screen system.

In terms of the engine, this car can cover a distance of 300km on a single battery charge. Interestingly, by using an electric engine, this sedan can go 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

The sale of the Tesla Model S has become a popular Tesla sedan. In 2011, orders for the Model S reached 6,500 units. The Model S sells the most in Norway and is the leading electric car with the most sales in the world.

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X

After launching a sports car and sedan, Tesla relaunched its third car in February 2012. This time Tesla launched a crossover car called the Model X. Orders were received in 2013, and deliveries were made in 2014. The Model X has four-wheel drive with a powerful battery. 85kWh. This car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in less than 5 seconds.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3

In 2016, Tesla re-launched its new product line, the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is a compact electric sedan. This car has 3 battery options, namely batteries with a capacity of 54 kWh, 62 kWh, and 75 kWh. In a single battery charge, this car can cover a distance of up to 480km. The Model 3 is the highest-selling electric car in 2020.

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