Elon Musk’s Electric Car Vision

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  • While Elon Musk's vision and candor are transforming transportation with efforts like The Boring Company, calling Tesla Autopilot'self-driving' is dangerous.(More...)
  • Tuesday's vote also determined the fate of three members of Tesla's board of directors: Antonio Gracias, a private equity investor; Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother; and James Murdoch, the chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox.(More...)
  • CEO Elon Musk said that he envisions Tesla as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer.(More...)


  • At the shareholder meeting, Musk said Tesla is producing 3,500 Model 3's a week and he expects that number to reach 5,000 cars per week by the end of the month.(More...)
  • Tesla builds electric powertrain components for vehicles from other automakers, including the Smart ED2 ForTwo electric drive (the lowest-priced car from Daimler AG), the Toyota RAV4 EV, and Freightliner's Custom Chassis Electric Van.(More...)


Elon Musk's Electric Car Vision
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While Elon Musk's vision and candor are transforming transportation with efforts like The Boring Company, calling Tesla Autopilot'self-driving' is dangerous. [1] This image from video provided by SpaceX shows Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car with a dummy driver named "Starman" which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6, 2018. [2]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has rebuffed a shareholder attempt to overhaul the electric car maker's board and strip him of his role as chairman, despite worries about the company's shaky finances and inability to meet its production goals for its first mass-market sedan. [3] Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been right about electric cars needing to be cool, but he's been wrong about several other major aspects of the transportation business. [4]

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, poses with a Tesla car in front of Nasdaq following the electric automaker's initial public offering on June, 29, 2010, in New York. [2]

The Tesla Roadster, a $99,000 electric sports car powered by laptop computer batteries, is 100 percent electric, can go from 0-60 mph in four seconds and the electric car gets an equivalent of 135 mpg compared to a gas powered vehicle. [2] In 2017, Tesla began deliveries of Model 3, a $35,000 mass-market electric car with over 215 miles of range, and unveiled Tesla Semi, which is designed to save owners at least $200,000 over a million miles based on fuel costs alone. [5]

Tesla's vision statement is " to create the most compelling car company of the 21 st century by driving the world's transition to electric vehicles [6] The big plus is that Musk thought electric cars should look cool and go fast, while everybody else assumed their logical market would be virtuous, environmentally preoccupied customers who placed no value on cool and fast. [4] His diverse and disruptive approach to electric cars, space travel, and public transit is helping revolutionize transportation, while his charisma and candor constantly keep him in the news. [1] CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused news & analysis website in the U.S. & the world, focusing primarily on electric cars, solar energy, wind energy, & energy storage. [7]

Tuesday's vote also determined the fate of three members of Tesla's board of directors: Antonio Gracias, a private equity investor; Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother; and James Murdoch, the chief executive of Twenty-First Century Fox. [3] Shareholders voted to maintain Elon Musk's role as chairman of Tesla's board during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Mountain View, California, on Tuesday despite a controversial proposal to strip him of that position. [3]

CEO Elon Musk said that he envisions Tesla as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer. [8] "Dale Vince v Elon Musk: Electric car tsars at war over motorway charging stations". [8]

"A New Start: FT:Elon Musk's ground-breaking electric car". [8] Tesla partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to offer an auto-insurance plan designed specifically for its electric cars. [8] "Tesla boasts about electric car deliveries, plans for sedan". [8] The Tesla Model S became the first electric car ever to top the monthly sales ranking in any country, when the electric car achieved the first place in the Norwegian new car sales list in September 2013. [8] Tesla global electric car sales totaled 11,603 units during the third quarter of 2015, including six Tesla Model X units. [8] "Tesla delivers its first electric cars in China; delays upset some". [8] Car manufacturers like Chevy and Nissan have realized the impact Tesla has made and started making plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars of their own. [9] Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world—they don’t love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. [10] Tesla builds electric-powertrain components for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, an electric car with a range of 120mi (200km) and 214ft?lbf (290N?m) of torque. [8] It is not to be confused with Nikola Tesla electric car hoax. [8] On June 5, 2017, Toyota announced that it had sold all of its shares in Tesla and halted cooperation, as Toyota created their own electric car division. [8] "Misdirected email sparks electric car war between Tesla and Ecotricity". [8]

After the launch of Elon Musk's third company SpaceX in 2002, the world was watching closely as he co-founded his fourth company that would launch a new brand of electric car. [11] One of the biggest challenges facing Musk is that he simultaneously is trying to pursue two huge dreams: the development of a reliable, reusable launch vehicle through his SpaceX venture formed in 2002 and the creation of electric car manufacturer Tesla started in 2003. [12] On May 26, American entrepreneur Musk - who is the chief executive officer of electric car maker Tesla - tweeted in response to a netizen asking if he could "allow us in Singapore to get a Tesla". [13] The latest news on electric cars and electric vehicles, including leading EV manufacturers like Tesla, Chevrolet, Faraday Future and more. [14] In June 2012 the Tesla Model S was launched, a full-sized electric four-door sedan, with the greatest range of any electric car on the market on a single charge (260 kilometres/160 miles). [15] SpaceX's mission is to enable " people to live on other planets," while Tesla aims " to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market." [16]

Comparison of EPA -rated range for model year 2016 and 2017 electric cars rated up until July 2017. [8] China's electric car sales in March surged to 59,000 units which is up 85% year over year (YoY). [17] As of December2017, the Model S, with global sales of over 200,000 units, ranked as the world's second best selling plug-in electric car in history after the Nissan Leaf (300,000). [8] "In a Silicon Valley milestone, Tesla Motors begins delivering Model S electric cars". [8] The company's Model S was the world's best-selling plug-in electric car in 2015 and 2016. [8] Norway is the Model S largest overseas market due to the country's comprehensive incentives for the adoption of pure electric cars. [8] A carbon surcharge of S$ 15,000 ( US$10,900 at March 2016 exchange rate) was imposed on the Model S, making Singapore the only country in the world to impose an environmental surcharge on a fully electric car. [8] Founded in 2003, the company specializes in electric cars, lithium-ion battery energy storage, and residential photovoltaic panels (through the subsidiary company SolarCity ). [8] The founders were influenced to start the company after GM recalled and destroyed its EV1 electric cars in 2003. [8] Just like that, by 1914, 99% of new American cars ran on gas; by 1920, electric cars dropped entirely out of commercial production. [9] The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced in 2015, that the number of electric cars on the roads around the. [18] In the early 1900s, The New York Times even referred to the electric car as the "ideal" car, citing it as quieter, cleaner, and more economical than its gas competitor. [9] At the time, electric cars had nearly double the market share of gas cars. [9] In September 2016, the Model X ranked as the top selling plug-in electric car in Norway. [8]

The company specialises in electric cars, with Musk's goal being to create affordable mass-market electric vehicles. [15] The original vision of Tesla Motors was to build a sports car "as a catalyst to accelerate the day of electric vehicles." [11] They are pushing forward the possibility of what an electric car and transportation look like in the future. [11] Greener Ideal strives to help you live your life in more sustainable ways with tips for going green, eco friendly recipes, green product reviews, and news on the latest developments in clean tech, electric cars and the environment. [14]

In the coming quarter, the maker of luxury electric cars aims to make good on Musk's relentless promise to be profitable. [19] After PayPal slipped away, Musk helped generate funding for an electric car startup called Tesla. [20] It sometimes reads like a terrible love story, the relationship between Consumer Reports and electric car company Tesla. [21] As the Roadster transformed perceptions of electric cars, Tesla's position at the intersection of environmentalism, high technology, and Hollywood cool launched Musk from a mere member of the "PayPal Mafia" to a bonafide media star. [22] There's a rare moment of cheer for floundering electric car maker Faraday Future after it landed a new investor and a fresh commitment of capital. [21]


At the shareholder meeting, Musk said Tesla is producing 3,500 Model 3's a week and he expects that number to reach 5,000 cars per week by the end of the month. [3] Autopilot might ultimately be a major selling point for Tesla, but Musk currently doesn't have any way to meaningfully leverage it as a business, apart from telling Tesla owners that they could loan out their $80,000 car to strangers (the sometimes discussed but as-yet-unfounded "Tesla Network"). [4] His biggest mistake was in not understanding that self-driving cars would both steal electric vehicles' thunder and create a new business opportunity that Tesla couldn't easily pursue. [4] Tesla founder Elon Musk presenting the new Roadster electric sports vehicle (on background), presented to media on Nov. 16, 2017 at Tesla's Los Angeles design center. [2] Elon Musk CEO, Cofounder, Chief Product Architect for Tesla with a new Model S car outside the Tesla customer delivery area at the Tesla Fremont factory on June 21, 2012. [2] President Trump talks with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, center, and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during a meeting with business leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 3, 2017. [2]

The 1931 cartoon which Musk tweeted is, he smiles, indicative of a "schematic of the Tesla production system!!" As Elon Musk pokes fun at the complicated nature of today's technology in general and Tesla's assembly line specifically, he implies a great deal of company symbolism about what's necessary for today's systems and processes to be effective and to thrive. [7] Why is it interesting that Elon Musk pokes fun at Tesla automation these days? It's not like the company is relinquishing an emphasis on the power and promise of robots. [7] In the Rube Goldberg napkin comparison to Tesla, Elon Musk pokes fun at the incongruous ways we try to unpack the changing and contested cultural meanings within society, technology, and nature. [7] In 2015, Elon Musk claimed that there would be " 3-4 times more robots " on the Tesla Model X production line. [7] At Tesla, CEO Elon Musk says its workers could vote to unionize "tomorrow if they wanted." [3] Tesla's forthcoming electric pickup will have standard four-wheel-drive and a high-tech suspension that enables a smooth ride, CEO Elon Musk promised Tuesday. [2]

Before Tesla came along, electric propulsion was well understood by the auto industry. [4] Tesla unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. [2]

I can't abide Musk's recent announcement via a tweet that an upcoming Autopilot update will provide Tesla vehicle with "full self-driving features," and Tesla continuing to confuse car buyers using the same term. [1] It has been instrumental in leading Tesla to a market cap that's higher than those of established car companies that sell many more vehicles every year and post regular profits. (Tesla has never notched a year in the black.) [4] Tesla is making cars for today, and if the company gets it right, it will be able to compete in the market today (which won?t do Tesla much good a year from now). [23] The "car company" component of the corporate vision focuses Tesla Inc.'s efforts on designing and manufacturing cars. [6] Tesla has targeted a weekly production rate of 5,000 Model 3s by the end of June, but being able to build that many cars and actually building them are different things. [4] Which means that Tesla (if Tesla is still in business) will be making a Model Y that is artisanal and exciting and expensive and well appointed - a car worthy of the name Tesla. [23]

It's a study in how not to build cars, but it has had the effect of focusing ever more attention on Tesla and sucking everyone into the saga. [4] Much of the auto industry, which shares his view that cars are hard and bankruptcy is always just a downturn away, is rooting for Tesla. [4]

Where Musk is wrong, big time: Only Tesla's cars have soul. [4] I've driven hundreds of cars, ranging from subcompact econoboxes to Ferraris and Lamborghinis (as well as all of Tesla's vehicles), and I can safely say that it's insulting to deprive the people who have devoted their lives to automobiles of their souls. [4] The all-electric car firm failed to hit its weekly production target of 2,500 Model 3 vehicles in the first quarter of 2018. [7] Model S was named Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year and received Consumer Reports? Best Overall Car, while Model X was the first SUV ever to earn 5-star safety ratings in every category and sub-category in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tests. [5] The first Tesla product, the Roadster sports car, debuted in 2008, followed by the Model S sedan, which was introduced in 2012, and the Model X SUV, which launched in 2015. [5]

The Tesla pickup will also parallel park itself automatically with 360-degree camera vision, Musk said. [2] In this regard, a recommendation is to adjust Tesla Inc.'s vision statement to reflect the organization's increasing interest in products other than electric vehicles. [6] In this business analysis case, the company's vision statement reveals the organization's aim to be the dominant player in the global electric vehicle market. [6]

Tesla Inc.'s vision statement effectively describes business aims. [6] Musk's exceptional ability to raise capital and convince investors to buy into his long-term vision is why Steve Blank - a retired Silicon Valley entrepreneur who teaches business at Stanford - thought it was unlikely Musk would be removed from his position on Tesla's board. [3] Like Steve Jobs before him, Blank said, Musk excels as a visionary and innovator but struggles to implement that vision. [3] Again, Musk has a vision that isn't translating into reality. [4]

In its corporate vision statement, Tesla, Inc. aims to be the most compelling in the industry. [6] While the corporate mission statement has already changed to consider "sustainable energy," the corporate vision still focuses on "electric vehicles." [6]

Averaging most industry estimates, a $40,000 electric autonomous or hybrid ride-sharing fleet vehicle will cost approximately 20 cents per mile to operate. [23] Mr. Musk's company describes the Chicago project as a taste of the transportation future, a way to reduce congestion and to get around faster by traveling in underground tunnels on a "platform on wheels propelled by multiple electric motors." [24] With a strong brand image and increasing popularity, the company is positioned to succeed in the global electric automobile market. [6] The company used to focus on producing electric automobiles only. [6]

In the not-so-distant past, Tesla was synonymous with the future of electric vehicles (EVs). [23] It would be the first fully electric pickup on the market from a major automaker. [2] Batteries and electric motors had been around for a century, but a variety of technical and economic roadblocks prevented them from supplanting the versatile internal-combustion engine, or really even competing with it effectively. [4]

The company aims for leadership as a multinational automotive business that focuses on electric vehicles. [6]

Elon also founded and serves as CEO of The Boring Company, which combines fast, affordable tunneling technology with an all-electric public transportation system in order to alleviate soul-crushing urban congestion and enable high-speed long-distance travel. [5] " However, in mid-2016, under Elon Musk's leadership, the company changed the corporate mission to " to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy [6]

Previously, Elon co-founded and sold PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and Zip2, one of the first internet maps and directions services, which helped bring major publishers like the New York Times and Hearst online. [5] Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the Interplanetary Transport System which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference given by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. [2] Tesla Motors president and CEO Ze'ev Drori, left, and Tesla Motors chairman Elon Musk, right, pose in the Tesla Motors development facility in San Carlos, just south of San Francisco next to a Tesla Roadster on Feb. 19, 2008. [2] CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk shows of his throwback t-shirt of the "Tesla" heavy metal band on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. [2] Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the Model X at a launch event in Fremont, Calif on Sept. 29, 2015. [2] SpaceX CEO Elon Musk congratulates teams competing on the Hyperloop Pod Competition II at SpaceX's Hyperloop track in Hawthorne, Calif on Aug. 27, 2017. [2] SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils SpaceX's new seven-seat Dragon V2 spacecraft, in Hawthorne, California on May 29, 2014. [2] Elon Musk CEO of SpaceX, speaks to the media during a press conference after the Falcon Heavy Launch on Feb. 6, 2018. [2]

Recently, Elon Musk teased the Model Y - which is still years from release - suggesting it may not have a steering wheel. [23] By extension, are Tesla's Gigafactory production systems able to improve production efficiency as initially intended? When Elon Musk pokes fun at the Gigafactory processes, he infuses confidence in the company's vertical integration and also refers to an improvement methodology which works to understand the number of defects in the company's systems. [7] When Elon Musk pokes fun at his own decisions, he's using humor in ways that have attracted some of the world's greatest minds, from Aristotle to Shakespeare to Bergson and Freud. [7]

Elon Musk at a Boring Company community meeting in Los Angeles. [24] Elon Musk (who some say is the Tony Stark of our age) painted a vision of the future that many bought into. [23] Elon Musk may have actually said what many frustrated chief executives -- eager to talk about big visions or new strategies rather than answer questions about capital expenditures -- dream of saying in response to financial analysts' wordy questions: You're boring. [3]

PayPal Chief Executive Officer Peter Thiel, left, and founder Elon Musk, right, pose with the PayPal logo at corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2000. [2] Elon Musk stands in front of parts of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at the company's headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. on Sept. 18, 2007. [2] A committee of the Los Angeles City Council on April 18, 2018, approved an environmental review exemption for a Los Angeles-area tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system. [2] Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, discusses new technologies before an event for Tesla owners and the media held at the Hawthorne Airport. [2]

Tesla's entire narrative was centered in sexy all-electric cars until a couple of years ago when the big story shifted to autonomy. [4] Tesla's cars were the future, so when the future became autonomous, of course they had to drive themselves. [4]

He rehashed a familiar complaint about carmakers and their cars: that non-Tesla vehicles are the soulless output of bean-counters and marketing departments. [4] The company had meant to dampen engine noise with fiberglass insulation on the battery packs inside the cars by utilizing a "fluff bot," which became an overly complicated endeavor. [7] They are the playthings of wealthy, tech-savvy true believers -- an important market for a company that has satisfied the enthusiasms of its core customers while being objectively pretty bad at actually building cars. [4]

Doug Newcomb is a recognized expert on the subject of car technology within the auto industry and among the automotive and general media, and a frequent speaker at automotive and consumer electronics industry events. [1] Let's round up the IRS standard deduction of 53.5 cents per mile to 60 cents per mile to offset the cost of the car, insurance, maintenance, and gas. [23]

While it's typically of Tesla and Musk's audaciousness, it's also downright dangerous considering several accidents involving Autopilot. [1] Musk's tweet was in reply to a Twitter user and Tesla driver who noted that "when two lanes merge and it is rush hour traffic," Autopilot has difficulty assessing the situation. [1]

The delayed rollout of the Model 3 - which has a waiting list hundreds of thousands of buyers long - has been the source of extreme frustration inside the company and out, generating concerns among some analysts that Musk's manufacturing pronouncements can't be trusted. [3] That Chicago awarded the project to The Boring Company over proposals from more established firms proves Musk's power of persuasion and celebrity status, especially considering the startup doesn't even have a working prototype. [1]

At Tesla's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, he at times struggled to control his emotions while still rocking a very chic Belstaff motorcycle jacket. (Musk's fashionable jackets should have their own Twitter account.) [4] Musk's critical insight into electric vehicles was his major triumph; I'll explain exactly what it was in a second. [4] The company's leadership in electric vehicle design and production satisfies the "21 st century" component. [6] Specifically, the corporation addresses the electric vehicle market as a major avenue for facilitating growth of the global renewable energy market. [6]

Aside from his vision of all-electric vehicles, there's the Hyperloop concept of underground personal transportation tubes, SpaceX and outer space passenger transportation, and surely plenty more. [7] Recent changes in the market and the business have prompted the company to revise its corporate mission statement while keeping the same corporate vision statement for the meantime. [6] Satisfaction of the corporate mission along with the corporate vision serves as an indicator of Tesla's operational effectiveness and business development. [6] A recommendation is to improve the corporate mission by including more details about the company's approaches in fulfilling its corporate vision. [6]

" This corporate vision emphasizes the company's focus on renewable energy. [6] The corresponding corporate vision statement shapes Tesla's direction of organizational growth. [6]

Because humor has a semiotic nature -- in that the signs and icons of a society help us to deal with communication, paradox, play, and the resolution of logical problems -- Musk's nod to Rube Goldberg speaks to a dialectic where technology and nature are always internal to the other. [7]

Tesla builds electric powertrain components for vehicles from other automakers, including the Smart ED2 ForTwo electric drive (the lowest-priced car from Daimler AG), the Toyota RAV4 EV, and Freightliner's Custom Chassis Electric Van. [8] A race was present and the victor unknown, but the path to success was very clear: the first vehicle to first solve all its problems would come out on top- queue the Model T. What Henry Ford did was unbelievable, he added an electric starter to gas cars to make them easier to start, he added a muffler to quiet the noise of the vehicle, and, most importantly, he found a way to scale the Model T via the assembly line. [9] Investors expressed concern about Tesla's plans for execution and competitive risk, as Volvo Cars committed to introduce only electric and electric-assisted vehicles by 2019. [8] "Find a car - Years: 2016-2017 - Vehicle Type: Electric". fueleconomy.gov. [8] Cars are built and tested in Fremont; then, the battery pack, the electric motor and parts are disassembled and shipped separately to Tilburg, where they are reassembled. [8]

"Tesla Semi is using 'a bunch' of Model 3 electric motors, says Elon Musk". [8] The Semi will be powered by four electric motors of the type used in the Tesla Model 3 and will include an extensive set of hardware sensors to enable it to stay in its own lane, a safe distance away from other vehicles, and later when software and regulatory conditions allow, provide autonomous operation on highways. [8] The Land Transport Authority justified this by stating that it had to "account for CO 2 emissions during the electricity generation process" and therefore "a grid emission factor of 0.5g/watt-hour was also applied to the electric energy consumption", however Tesla countered that when the energy used to extract, refine, and distribute gasoline was taken into account, the Model S produces approximately one-third the CO 2 of an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle. [8] Tesla makes two kinds of electric motors: an induction motor with three-phase, four-pole AC and copper rotor (by which the Tesla logo is inspired); and permanent magnet motors used in the Model 3 and Semi. [8] As a vertically-integrated manufacturer, Tesla has had to master multiple technology domains, including batteries, electric motors, sensors and artificial intelligence. [8] "Tesla CEO says electric carmaker plans European plant: report". [8] "Top Gear libel case over Tesla electric sports car struck out". [8] Tesla began with a sports car aimed at early adopters followed by mainstream and mass market vehicles, all serving "as a catalyst to accelerate the day of electric vehicles". [8]

In 2016, the company sold US$1 billion worth of cars in China, the world's largest market for electric vehicles, and in October of the following year it reached an agreement with the Chinese government to build a factory in Shanghai. [8] "Tesla Reaches Deal to Build Factory in China: It sold $1 billion worth of cars there in 2016". [8] Tesla is the only automaker that sells cars directly to consumers; all others use independently owned dealerships although many provide online configuration and financing. 48 states have laws that limit or ban manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to consumers, and although Tesla has no independent dealerships, dealership associations in multiple states have filed lawsuits over Tesla's sales practices. [8] On March 29, 2018, Tesla issued a worldwide recall of 123,000 Model S cars built before April 2016 due to corrosion -susceptible power steering bolts that could fail and require the driver to use "increased force" to control the vehicle. [8] As of December2017, Tesla offers three car models: the Model S, Model X and Model 3. [8] First production Tesla Model 3 cars ready for the delivery event on July 28, 2017. [8] Henry Ford and his five-year-old company came out with the car that took the automotive industry into the stratosphere: the Model T. This iconic production vehicle was the world's first fast, sturdy, and affordable car. [9] As of June 5, Tesla was making 3,500 cars a week, and it’s now pushing toward its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3’s per week by the end of the quarter. [10] "Tesla loses most valuable U.S. car company title after stock slide". [8] To boast even further, the car range of over 250 miles on a single charge- farther than the base model of the Tesla Model S, X, and 3. [9] "Tesla sold its 200,000 Model S in the fourth quarter of 2017, in October or early November, becoming the second plug-in car to cross this sales threshold after the Nissan Leaf (300,000 units by early 2017). [8] In May 2015, Tesla started selling refurbished Model S cars in the U.S. and within a month sold 1,600 cars. [8] "Tesla voluntarily recalls 123,000 Model S cars over faulty steering component". [8]

"Tesla plans to choose location for 'Gigafactory 2' in Europe next year, will produce both batteries and cars". electrek.co. [8] Tesla signed a Roadster production contract on July 11, 2005, with Group Lotus to produce " gliders " (complete cars but without powertrain ). [8] "Tesla Motors accused of bullying to grab key car charging sites in the UK". [8] "Tesla paid $42M for NUMMI but doesn't have deal to build cars with Toyota". [8] In 2016 BYD Auto was the world's top selling plug-in car manufacturer with 101,183 units sold, followed by Tesla with 76,243. [8] "Tesla Roadster: nine things we know about the'smackdown to gasoline cars ' ". [8] In addition to maintaining the resale value, Tesla hoped to secure a supply of used cars to refurbish and re-sell with warranty. [8] Tesla filed a lawsuit against the BBC for libel and malicious falsehood, claiming that two cars were provided and that at any point, at least one was ready to drive. [8] Tesla said that neither car ever dropped below 25% charge, and that the scene was staged. [8] Tesla responded that other car makers don't offer such stock options to union workers. [8] "Tesla puts pedal to the metal, 500,000 cars planned in 2018". [8]

The car was originally intended to be called the Model E, but after a lawsuit from Ford that holds the trademark on "Model E", Musk announced on July 16, 2014 that the car would be called "Model 3" instead. [8] A 62,000sqft (5,800m 2 ) European service center operates in Tilburg, Netherlands along with a 77,650m 2 (835,800sqft) assembly facility that adds drivetrain, battery and software to the (imported) car body to reduce EU import tax, Musk confirmed in June 2014 and November 2016 its long-term plans to build a car and battery gigafactory in Europe, which several countries have campaigned to host. [8]

"Elon Musk wanted to name his Model 3 Model E so Tesla's brands would spell SEX. This and other secrets about his newest car". [8] "Elon Musk: Model S not a car but a'sophisticated computer on wheels ' ". [8]

"Elon Musk: Tesla is developing a special kind of glass for its Model 3". [8] "Elon Musk was almost killed on a motorcycle, so Tesla will never build them". [8] "Elon Musk: Tesla was founded on 2 false ideas, and survived anyway". [8] "Elon Musk exercises Tesla options, pays $50 million tax bill with own cash". [8] "Elon Musk bought $100 million more worth of Tesla this week". [8] "Elon Musk: - Derfor har ikke Tesla satset phydrogenbiler". [8]

Tesla said in a statement that the ruling is "consistent with Tesla's belief in a team of founders, including the company's current CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk, and Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel, who were both fundamental to the creation of Tesla from inception." [8] Elon Musk stated during Tesla's first-quarter 2018 earnings call that the production version of the Tesla Semi would have almost 600 miles of range. [17] Elon Musk and Tesla announced that they are solving their Model 3 production in 2018 and will hit battery cost and other milestones which should translate to millions by 2023. [17] "Tesla Model 3 production was slow because a supplier 'really dropped the ball' said Elon Musk". [8] "Ramping up production of affordable Tesla may take years, Elon Musk". [8] To the truest adherents of the cult of electric-car company Tesla, two things are true: the first is that patience is a virtue—on a long enough timeline, Tesla and its C.E.O., Elon Musk, will revolutionize the auto industry, upending the world as we know it. [10] At the June 2018 shareholder meeting, Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla will soon start to open its first body shops in the top ten U.S. metro areas, stocking some body parts, potentially allowing for same-day service. [8] "Tesla CEO Elon Musk accuses New York Times of lying about Model S range anxiety". [8] The growing popularity and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) can largely be contributed to serial entrepreneur, Elon Musk, and his brilliance with Tesla. [9] "Elon Musk is not so sure about Tesla's electric and autonomous minibus program anymore". [8]

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive uses a battery pack developed by Tesla. [8] "Tesla and Ecotricity reach out of court settlement over Electric Highways dispute". [8]

"Tesla starts deliveries of the Model S/X 100D - new longest range electric vehicles - after EPA hiccup". [8] On May 20, 2010, Tesla and Toyota announced a partnership to work on electric vehicle development, which included Toyota's US$50 million future conditional investment in Tesla and Tesla's US$42 million purchase of a portion of the former NUMMI factory. [8] On January 7, 2010, Tesla and battery cell maker Panasonic announced that they would together develop nickel-based lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles. [8] Tesla cooperated on the development of electric vehicles, parts, and production system and engineering support. [8] Tesla will be expanding into the Chinese electric vehicle market since Beijing will be removing foreign ownership caps. [17]

Despite such poor servicing of vehicles, Blue Book's Karl Brauer believes that there has not been a big effect on the Tesla brand as early owners are not completely dependent on their Model S sedans and Model X SUVs. Dunne Automotive President, Michael Dunne, believes that the owners are well aware of such issues before buying a Tesla car as they know "they are part of this experience of the first breakthrough electric vehicles." [8] As of July 2017, over 80 used Model S and Model X cars were for sale, with either a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty or a two-year, 100,000-miles warranty for vehicles above 50,000 miles. [8] Its top selling car is the Model S, with global sales of about 212,874 units between June 2012 and December 2017, followed by the Model X with about 72,059 units sold between September 2015 and December 2017. [8]

Among other awards, the Model S won the 2013 " Motor Trend Car of the Year ", the 2013 " World Green Car ", Automobile Magazine's 2013 "Car of the Year", and Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award. [8] With an estimated 50,931 units sold in 2016, the Model S ranked as the world's best-selling plug-in car for the second year in a row. [8] A total of 10,045 Model S cars were delivered globaly during the first quarter of 2015. [8] German engineer Karl Benz just invented the first internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Earth has just been gifted one of the most influential creations of the 20th Century: the world's first production car. [9] On top of that, car manufacturers, often paid by Big Oil, agreed not to work on the development of EV technology, and why would they- a majority of their profits came from consumers? incessant maintenance costs associated with owning an ICE vehicle. [9] It could have happened much sooner if not for ICE vehicles winning the automotive race of the 1900s and Big Oil and car manufacturer stunting its growth, but that's in the past- EVs are the future. [9] It includes more affordable cars produced in higher volume, solar-power roofs, mid-size vehicles, SUVs and pickup trucks, as well as the refinement of autonomous vehicles and the creation of a sharing economy, in which cars can be active while the owner is not using them. [8]

The next car should be one everyone can afford, according to Musk. [8] AC Propulsion, an EV company utilizing the new, lithium-ion battery technology, created a car called the "tzero" that went 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. [9] Morningstar analyst David Whiston foresaw a revised, slower timetable for the Model 3 and a company acknowledgement of problems with building battery packs for its cars. [8] The Model 3 (originally stylized as "?") is Tesla's third-generation car. [8] According to Automotive News, the profit margin on used car sales in the U.S. is about triple that on new cars, and Tesla's direct sales would allow it capture resale profits. [8] "Tesla's new batches of used cars are selling ludicrously fast". [8]

Before the Model T, both types of automobiles had their problems: EVs had short ranges and long recharging times, while gas cars were loud, hard to start, and emitted large amounts of smoke. [9] When a car model is brand new or "completely redesigned," that can mean new parts, new systems--and new problems. [8]

Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. [10] By the end of 2017, the company was supposed to be making 5,000 of the cars a week, but it missed that target; in April, it missed another target to produce 2,500 cars per week. [10]

Major car manufacturers such as VW have made plans to launch many new EVs in the coming years. [9] The plan with Model 3 has been to make a car that half of us can afford. [8] Since January 2018, the Model 3 has remained the top-selling plug-in passenger car in the U.S. each month. [8]

Previously, the Model S had been the top selling new car four times. [8] All Model S cars manufactured after March 6 have the.25-inch (6.4mm) aluminum shield over the battery pack replaced with a new three-layer shield. [8] A total of 11,532 Model S cars were delivered globally during the second quarter of 2015. [8]

The 36kWh battery contains approximately 4,000 lithium-ion cells. 500 cars would be built for trial in Europe beginning in September 2011. [8] The future of cars had been up for grabs, yet Henry Ford outsmarted and outperformed the competition. [9] There will be future cars that will be even more affordable down the road. [8]

Instead of plugging in the car, he drove in circles for over half a mile in a tiny, 100-space parking lot. [8] Auto experts view the service delays as insignificant, as owners are more accepting of the challenges of servicing a new type of car. [8]

Following this conversation, he introduced Musk to Tom Gage and Al Ciccone at AC Propulsion, a company that had built an all-electric concept sports car call the Tzero. [8] In 2003, things really started to change when the first electric sports car was created. [9]

The battery and electric drivetrain technology for each model would be developed and paid for through the sales of earlier models. [8] The electric motor was rated 136PS (100kW; 134hp) and 310N?m (229lb?ft), with a 36 kWh battery. [8] The vehicle will have three electric motors allowing for all-wheel drive, and torque vectoring during cornering. [8]

"Tesla's global fleet reaches over 5 billion electric miles driven ahead of Model 3 launch". [8] The company supplies battery packs for Freightliner Trucks ' Custom Chassis electric van. [8] “Tesla has already played a major role in moving the auto industry towards sustainable electric transport. [10]

Eberhard issued a statement about Musk's foundational role in the company: "As a co-founder of the company, Elon's contributions to Tesla have been extraordinary." [8] "Tesla will leverage the Model X chassis to build its 'Minibus', says Elon Musk". [8] A group of investors asked Tesla in a 2017 public letter to add two new independent directors to its board "who do not have any ties with chief executive Elon Musk". [8] Elon Musk says Tesla will achieve a battery cell cost of $100 per kWh by the end of 2018 if commodity prices remaining stable. [17] Tesla was founded not by Elon Musk, but rather by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in July 2003. [8] "Tesla to open its own body shops by the end of the month, could offer same day repair, says Elon Musk". [8]

Now the company that followed Paypal was SpaceX. Elon Musk had this revolutionary vision that one-day people could colonize Mars. [25] The prodigious humanitarian's leadership and vision surrounding the all-electric automotive company has garnered the general public's attention and prompted the industry to start following suit in the manufacturing of these more sustainable vehicles. [9] While investors keep a close eye on Musk’s race to the finish line, he has been forced to make other concessions; last week he laid off 9 percent of Tesla’s workforce in a tacit acknowledgment that the company may not be able to execute its grand vision if it can’t turn a profit. [10]

Vision Zero is a plan that rejects road accident deaths as "acceptable?. [26]

"Elon Musk just teased the Model Y in a tweet (which he immediately deleted)". [8] An analyst with Cowan and Company, a public relations firm, made this comment: "Elon Musk needs to stop over promising and under delivering". [8] "Elon Musk and unions: Congressman asks Tesla CEO to stop 'threats ' ". [8]

"Elon Musk's growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies". latimes.com. [8] How far away is that? To do that safely? Elon: That's about two years. [8] Elon Musk SpaceX Tesla Motors Tesla Roadster, Falcon Heavy SpaceX 2018, the year ahead. [18] The fact that Elon Musk didn?t give up on his dream is what made SpaceX the giant corporate entity it is today. [25] The two bootstrapped the fledgling auto company until Elon Musk led the company's US$7.5 million Series A financing round in February 2004. [8] The company was founded in 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, although the company also considers Elon Musk, JB Straubel and Ian Wright as cofounders. [8]

During Tesla's first quarter 2018 earnings call, Elon Musk announced that Tesla's next Gigafactory would be built in China. [17] "12 interesting things we learned from Tesla's Elon Musk this week". [8] "What Elon Musk did - and did not - do when he "opened" Tesla's patents". [8] "Tesla's entry into truck-making presents a whole new challenge for Elon Musk". [8]

After Puerto Rico faced a hurricane, Elon Musk offered to work with Puerto Rico's government in rebuilding its solar energy grid. [8]

Though Musk was unable to persuade AC Propulsion to mass produce the Tzero, Gage offered to give Musk's contact information to two groups who did have such an interest, one of which included Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning ("Tarpenning"), and Ian Wright ("Wright")."). [8] The table formed by TMC reveals that the electric vehicle (EV) company has received 30,027 Model X reservations worldwide. -- The sedan was able to receive only 12,000 pre-orders ahead of its launch. [8] Tesla, Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors ) is an American multinational corporation that specializes in electric vehicles, energy storage and solar panel manufacturing based in Palo Alto, California. [8]

It is recommended to have any Tesla car inspected every 12,500 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. [8]

"Apart from me leading the Series A & B and co-leading the Series C, my influence on the car itself runs from the headlights to the styling to the door sill to the trunk, and my strong interest in electric transport predates Tesla by a decade. [16] Tesla must resolve manufacturing problems and ramp up production of its Model 3 electric vehicle without compromising on quality or worker safety if it hopes to deliver on its many other plans, which include a Class 8 heavy truck, next-generation Roadster, solar roofs, and self-driving cars. [27] According to the company, a 1 billion dollar green car plant is coming up in southern India to manufacture the electric vehicle. [14]

The struggles involved in financing and operating Tesla ( Nasdaq:TSLA ), the innovative electric automobile company founded by billionaire businessman Elon Musk, have pressured the company's stock price and led to growing questions about whether its potential will be fulfilled. [12] Last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that an electric pickup truck is going to be Tesla's next vehicle after the Model Y. [28] After years of Elon Musk talking about Tesla bringing an all-electric pickup truck to market, we have learned more about the upcoming vehicle in the last 24 hours than ever before. [28]

In an effort to understand what investors can expect from Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) and SpaceX, let's explore what fuels Tesla's top manager: Elon Musk. [16]

Responding to Tesla founder Elon Musk's assertion that Singapore's policies are not supportive of electric vehicles (EVs), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that it encourages the adoption of greener and cleaner vehicles such as hybrid buses and electric vehicles. [13] In his post, Elon said "the overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.? [11]

Tesla is making auto manufacturers play catch up in electric powertrain. [16] Problems first became public in early October 2017 when Tesla reported it had produced just 260 of the electric vehicles, which was far below its goal, and it delivered only 220 of those. [27] When Tesla announced that they would release all patents to the public to further the development of electric vehicles, it wasn?t a stuffy corporate announcement. [11]

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