In early October, CEO Tesla Motors Elon Musk presented a new car company Tesla Model S P85D. New generation Tesla Motors received a full drive. The car can accelerate to 100 km per hour in just 3.2 seconds, standing in a row with supercars Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and others. In honor of this publication call Zuckerberg decided to gather interesting facts from the history of the company.
Tesla’s Elon Musk founded not
The idea of creating electric sports car came to a head engineer Martin Eberhard. He wanted to create a car with a small fuel consumption. However, engineers are well versed in batteries, but does not understand anything in the cars. Therefore, it is their attention focused on the development of lithium-ion batteries.
The project needed money. Eberhard has long sought sponsors, until I found them in the face Elon Musk of PayPal and founder of Google – Sergey Brin and Larry Page.
Thanks to their support, in 2003, founded a new company, named after the Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla. Became a co-founder of another engineer – Mark Tarpenning (Marc Tarpenning).
The first car Tesla Motors – a converted Lotus Elise
The basis of the first electric car was put serial petrol model Elise, which is manufactured by Lotus Cars. Tesla just changed all the “stuffing” of the car. Instead engine engineers put 6381 battery.
A complex system of vehicle Tesla Motors power devices require special cooling system. As the founders of Tesla Motors is not versed in cars, they began to entice specialists from Lotus Cars, which almost ended in scandal. In total in the company at that time had about a hundred people.
Tesla Motors Roadster can reach speeds of 100 kilometers per hour in 4 seconds, reaching a top speed of 210 km per hour. Charge is enough for 400 kilometers. “Fill” electric vehicle can be using an ordinary socket. The car went on sale in June 2006 for $ 100 thousand dollars.
Company Tesla Motors for more than 10 years
The company was incorporated in July 2003, and for three years did not appeared in the press before the presentation Tesla Motors Roadster in July 2006.
Tesla nearly went bankrupt in 2007
The company Tesla Motors is in a crisis. In December 2007, he was appointed president of Ze’ev Drori, a successful high-tech entrepreneur. Under the leadership Drori 10% of employees were laid off, but the company became profitable.
Nevertheless Drori not worked and year. In October 2008, Elon Musk dismissed him on as CEO. Drori became vice-chairman, and then left the company two months later. By this time, Musk has invested $ 70 million of his own money into Tesla Motors.
However, under the direction of mask is not the case went to the mountain. For four years, the company sold just 2,250 electric cars. Tesla Motors was experiencing problems with delivery on time. It did not help the car participated in the popular car show Top Gear.
The largest carmaker Daimler AG owns shares Tesla Motors
Strategic partnership agreement was signed May 19, 2009. Of Daimler AG acquired a 10% stake in Tesla for $ 50 million.
The company Tesla Motors took a loan from the US government
In June 2009, Tesla Motors took a $ 465 million loan from the US Department of Energy. The company was able to repay the loan ahead of schedule – in May 2013, nine years ahead of schedule.
The first company slogan
On one of the first advertising posters, the company placed the inscription: “Burn rubber, not gasoline.”
Only 6 parts Tesla Model S require periodic replacement
Under the terms of operation of the vehicle Tesla Motors, replacing the need to service the four wheels and wipers. Brake pads for cars virtually no wear, since most of the stops used with the regenerative braking.
The company Tesla Motors is more expensive Fiat, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Isuzu
The market capitalization of the company (about 29 billion) exceeds the capitalization Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Isuzu.