The unusual story of Tesla, a company you never knew about

News hardware The unusual story of Tesla, a company you never knew about

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has become THE benchmark for alternative energy vehicles. You might think you know everything about this company, but you are far from it!

Elon Musk is not the founder of Tesla

This may come as a surprise to many, but Elon Musk is not the founder of Tesla. Worse, it pushed out the three original founders. But suddenly what was Tesla then?

The company named Tesla Motors was created on July 1, 2003 by two engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. A few months later, it was the turn of Ian Wright, Tesla’s third employee, to join the adventure. A year ago, they organized a fundraiser in the amount of 7.5 million dollars. Now that Elon Musk shows up. He invested $6.5 million, a massive fundraising majority.

At the end of 2004, Ian Wright left to also found an electric car company.

Elon Musk recently amassed a fortune by selling the company PayPal, of which he was the co-founder. This allowed him to join Tesla Motors and become chairman of the board. Two years later, a fundraiser came to fruition $13 million. The third fundraiser was led by Elon Musk and brought in $40 million. We saw big names like Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google.

Next year $45 million harvested, bringing the total to 105 million. The Tesla Roadster prototype was recently unveiled in July 2006.

In 2007, the musical chairs began. Eberhard was fired from the position of CEO and became “president of technology”. A year later, he decided to leave. At the same time, Marc Tarpenning left the ship.

Martin Eberhard launched the lawsuit in 2009 against Tesla saw Elon Musk present himself as the founder of Tesla. Unfortunately for him, he got the opposite of American justice. It rules by naming the five official founders of Tesla Motors: The two originals, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Elon Musk and the investor Straubel.

The Tesla Roadster Revolution

Before an electric car, it was ugly, not very powerful, not very autonomous and it used lead batteries. In short, it’s a car for the elderly… But Tesla aims to change that by proving that the electric is strong and sporty.

Roadster production began in 2008 and delivered the first 147 models in 2009. At the same time, it managed to raise 187 million dollars. The problem is that the car is intentionally expensive. With an entry ticket of 84,000 euros, it still offers 370 km of autonomy and a 0 to 100 in 3.9 seconds. Then a sports model for 100,000 euros was sold. The goal is to recover the money to make a cheaper car.

In unusual anecdotes, we learned the fact that the Tesla Roadster is actually a Lotus Elise with a battery and an electric motor. The carbon fiber body is also made in France in Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes, by Sotira.

Even more amazing, he participated in the 2009 Grand Prix de Monte-Carlo and won in the alternative energy category. The driver behind the wheel of the racing car is none other than Mathieu Kassovitz. Yes the actor from the movie La Haine, Amélie Poulain, from Legends Office, and others. He managed to cover 386 km without stopping between Monaco and Valence.

The difficulties began

From 2008 the situation is very complicated financially. He immediately put half of his wealth (70 million dollars) in Tesla and the other in SpaceX, also in difficulty. But the problems continued and Tesla is on the brink of bankruptcy. On Christmas Eve 2008 an investor added $40 million, saving the automaker.

In June made by the State a loan of 465 million dollars to turn the company around in crisis. Tesla may design and build the Tesla Model S, the manufacturer’s first true production car.

In 2012, the last Roadster was produced and the Model S was launched slowly. The car is award-winning and very successful. It even reached the Top 1 of Norway’s best-selling cars in 2013.

Elon Musk, as a philanthropist, made all Tesla patents accessible. He explains: “If a company depends on its patents, it doesn’t innovate or it doesn’t innovate fast enough.” We feel a spade sent by Apple.

From 2017 the problems started again. The release of the Model 3, a cheaper but equally modern car, caused major logistical problems. So between 2017 and 2019, Tesla was once again on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. The manufacturer then removes and makes those that remain work more. As a result, the production started to start and the first delivery was made.

The Tesla started spinning

In 2018 Elon Musk realized a joint project between the two companies Tesla and SpaceX by sending his own personal Roadster into space to Mars. This step is part of the final test for its Falcon Heavy rocket.

Despite the financial difficulties in 2017, Tesla donates solar panels to a hospital in Puerto Rico, after being hit by a typhoon. The following year, 37.5 million dollars was donated for STEM K-12 education projects in Nevada. In 2020 January 2020, ie above all imprisonments, Tesla donates $720,000 to a Covid research center in China.

The Model 3 sold very well around the world and allowed Tesla to see the light at the end of the tunnel in 2018. This is the model that Elon Musk wants. From July 2019 to June 2020, Tesla declared profitable quarters. A benefit for the company that was finally seen a few years ago by financial analysts.

Now Tesla has added the Model Y to its catalog. Some kind of hybrid between a Model X and 3. Last unusual information. Elon Musk doesn’t name his cars by chance. Putting them together, it makes: S3XY.

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