The history of Tesla
Tesla Motors is an American company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars. They build electric transmission components for vehicles from other car manufacturers, including electric drive Smart Fortune from Daimler, Toyota RAV4 EV and chassis for Freightliner Electric Wan. Tesla Motors is named after the great scientist Nikola Tesla. Tesla cars are based on AC motors, designed directly from the original design of the Tesla in 1882. The whole Tesla range.
The company was founded in July 2003 by Martin Eberhardt and Mark Tarping. They both played key roles in the early development of the company before the arrival of Elon Mask. Mask joined the Tesla Board of Directors in February 2004 as its Chairman.
The main goal of Tesla Motors was to establish a cost-effective production of electric cars, starting with a premium sports car and later extending the range to the entire range of vehicles. Tesla holds a strong position in the market for components for electric vehicles, including lithium-ion batteries of unique capacity and performance, leaving behind competitors such as Daimler and Toyota. By January 2014, the company had 6,000 employees.
The first model to come to the public’s attention was the Tesla Roadster – the first fully electric sports car driven by the energy of unique lithium-ion batteries, which allows you to travel more than 320 km on a single charge. On March 26, 2009, the company presented Tesla Model C: Electric vehicle with sedan body.
The first delivery of the Model S to a retail customer in Europe took place in August 2013. Six months later, deliveries to China began. Originally, the company intended to sell 35,000 vehicles during 2014, but in the end it delivered about 33,000.
On October 9, 2014, Tesla announced the release of 60D and 85D, versions Model S and its twin-engine all-wheel drive version P85D. SP85D can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and has the highest speed of 249 km/h. The S 85D can travel at 100km/h and 295 miles per battery charge.
In the autumn of 2014, Tesla announced that it had upgraded its Fremont plant in order to produce the all-wheel drive Dual Motor Model S and increase output by half in 2015. Starting in November 2014, all new Model S machines will be equipped with a camera, ultrasonic bumper locators and survey radars on top of the windshield.
In this way, a circular view of the area around the vehicle is provided. This equipment enables the Model S on-board computer to recognize markings and road signs and assess the distance to other road users and predict their trajectory. In addition to collision warnings, the system provides semi-autonomous parking.
Model X Tesla was presented at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California on February 9, 2012. In February 2013, the company announced that production had been moved to the fall of 2014 to focus “on the need to increase the company’s profitability in 2013
In November 2014, the company delayed the start of deliveries again in order to sell retail and announced that the company expects Model X deliveries to start in the third quarter of 2015. Model 3 will be able to travel up to 320 km without “recharging”. The first sales are expected in 2017.
According to chief designer Franz von Holzhausen, model 3 will be presented in a wide range of construction and price ranges and will be aimed at the mass market. It will have its own unique design, although it is a logical continuation of the company’s previous technological solutions.
The company plans to become the third stage of Tesla’s three-stage strategy of gradual reduction of product prices for model 3. If the Tesla Roadster had a high price and was not expected to be widespread, then the Model 3 is expected to have a 20% lower price even compared to the Model S.