Founded in 2003 Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk have captured the attention of the auto industry and changed public perception on what an electric vehicle can be.
Tesla's first vehicle produced from the ground up. The Model S is available in multiple trim levels from the which seem to change from month to month. The current top end trim level of the lineup is the king of acceleration among production road vehicles.
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Key Stats: 90 kWh | 0-60 in 2.6 | 568 (762 hp) | 967 Nm | EPA 473 km
No longer in production, the Tesla Roadster was the first vehicle produced by Tesla Motors. From 2008-2012 Tesla only produced and sold around 2,500. This 2 door roadster was built on the Lotus Elise platform and sold for 110,000 USD. This vehicle broke the mold of the electric vehicle box in more ways then one. It was the first production vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first to travel 320 km on a charge. Even though Tesla stopped producing these vehicles, they still have upgrades available for any interested owners including a battery upgrade.
Key stats: 53 kWh | 0-60 mph in 3.7 | 215 kW (288 hp) | 400 Nm | EPA 393 km
Key Stats: 90 kWh | 0-60 in 3.2 | 568 (762 hp) | 967 Nm | EPA 414 km
Not satisfied with producing a crossover, Tesla Motors loaded this unit up with new technology. The most glaring, of course, is the falcon wing doors. Maybe more impressively, this model includes a medical grade HEPA air filter which they proved works very well. The model was launched in 2015, and has a towing capacity of over 2000 kg although I haven't seen an official word on how that effects battery range.
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Elon Musk would like us to call it the Model E even though that name was blocked by Ford so that he can say his lineup of vehicles is SEXY. From here on out we'll stick with Model 3. Not much is actually known about the Model 3 and Model Y other than we're expecting them. We know it will be Tesla Motor's first vehicle priced for the typical new car buyer instead of being priced like high end luxury vehicle/status symbols. We know there will be tons of upgrades available. We know it will come with some sensors for semi-autonomous driving. But most importantly we know that hundreds of thousands of people made a reservation for one of these with a $1,000 deposit, and we're not even sure when they're coming. The automaker will be releasing two vehicles based on this platform, one called the Model 3 and one called the Model Y. The Model 3 has already made waves in the auto industry, and it hasn't even been released yet. As Tesla tries to meet this demand it will be exciting times for the company, the industy, and electric vehicle fans.