This is the first car that Tesla ever made, the Roadster. A beginning for the giant company as we know today – it was not very promising initially. It got its design from the Lotus Elise.
The first Tesla Roadster was manufactured in Feb 2008 and it took 3 months for the company to make the 2nd unit. Only about 2400 units of this version were sold from 2008 to 2011. Not a lot. It makes sense. The world did not exactly want silent electric vehicles, when it already had high performing loud and fast petrol cars.
The Roadster could pull from 0-100 in 3.7secs with a maximum range of around 400 km. The range depleted quickly after a few strong pulls. But it was a still an experience being in a silent car that pulled at supercar speeds.
Tesla’s aim was to provide a product that was directly competing with the best-selling vehicles in every segment. So, back in 2012 it introduced the Model S in the sedan market. This caused frenzy in the industry. It was gorgeous, quick and completely new-age.
Yes, there is literally no resemblance between the Roadster and the Model S. Unlike the Roadster, the Model S was designed from scratch by Tesla itself. Selling even today (very well), the Model S has up to 2 motors. In the latter, one motor takes care of the front 2 wheels and the other is for the rear. Which makes it an AWD.
On the inside, the Model S houses the biggest display on any dashboard. Being all electric, it works like your phone – it gets constant software updates. Say if the car didn’t have ABS functionality. People at Tesla would roll out an update that could introduce ABS in the car. The specifications on this machine are staggering. On full charge, it can travel up to 540 km. And it can pick up from 0-100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds. That’s quicker than a Bugatti Veyron! There is no end to how many petrol-powered supercars it has put to shame.
To get these cars going across the country, Tesla introduced a chain of Super-charging stations as opposed to petrol/diesel filling stations. Today, 30 minutes of charge in the Model S can give up to 270 km of driving range.
Tesla then went ahead to breach the SUV industry with the introduction of their Model X in 2015.
It can seat up to 7 people, is very practical and convenient, has a range of up to 475 km and has an insane 0-100 time of 2.8 seconds. That makes it the QUICKEST SUV IN THE WORLD today! Tesla not just got in the SUV market but conquered the top position in terms of quickness.
What next? The general public. An affordable car. It launches the Model 3 in 2017 with a range of a whopping 520 km. Its top trim offers a 0-100 time of 3.2 seconds which is still quicker than most performance cars.
Furthermore, just to show the potential of electric powered cars, Tesla showed a preview of the new generation Roadster. Now this got the world shocked (like it wasn’t already). The figures: 0-100 km/h – 1.9 seconds, range – 1000 km, top speed- upwards of 400 km/h.
The new Roadster will start sales in 2020 and we can’t wait for people to drive it.
On 15th March 2019, Tesla unveiled its compact SUV, the Model Y. This will have a range of up to 480 km. It will be able to cover 270 km with a 15-minute charge. And the 0-100 time? 3.5 seconds.
Tesla has entered almost every car segment. The cars are literally smart cars. They all offer the highest technology standards possible today. In fact, they are setting technology standards. Mass manufacturing cars that run on Lithium ion batteries isn’t a joke.
Tesla made the biggest Lithium ion manufacturing factory in the world, the Tesla Gigafactory, to meet the requirement of its car production. This factory produces more Lithium ion than the rest of the world combined.
They have plans to make another Gigafactory, the Tesla Gigafactory 2. The growth of this company has already gone beyond the measure of scale. From selling just 2400 units to 550,000 vehicles today. It takes time and effort to bring about change in anything that has been going in for decades in the world. Tesla has achieved just that. Our mindsets about electric powered vehicles have changed today from puny little things to cutting edge next generation vehicles. The world never imagined that electric powered vehicles could have been this convenient, efficient and cool. If today is like this, how will tomorrow be? Tesla has no plans of stopping and we can’t wait to see.
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