Tesla Motors: A Reflection of Its Father

Profile of Elon Musk, the 'father' of Tesla Motors, as well as head of SpaceX and co-founder of Paypal.

Published: 20-Jan-2014

James May, who hosts Top Gear along with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond once said “Electricity is interesting since no one understands it really.” Well, I quiet agree with him. We know the theory and the electrons and everything else but think again… Do we really know what electricity actually is? That brings me to the electric cars.

Designing and manufacturing an electric car has always been difficult. Thomas Parker in London built the first electric car in 1884. But the concept was somehow lost with the invention of the internal combustion engine. Karl Benz, working independently, was granted a patent for his internal combustion engine, a reliable two-stroke gas engine, based on the same technology as De Rochas’s design of the four-stroke engine. Later, Benz designed and built his own four-stroke engine that was used in his automobiles, which were developed in 1885, patented in 1886, and became the first automobiles in production. Now in 21st century, we face new opportunities. Global warming, the future of crude oil and its products, advancements in car batteries are some of the factors that lead us to create space for electric cars. Well established automobile manufacturers including Mitsubishi, Nissan, BMW, Toyota, and Chevrolet tried their luck but none have been as successful as the Tesla.

Tesla is the brain-child of Elon Musk[1]. He is an inventor, business magnate and a unique entrepreneur. Similar to Tony Stark of Iron Man. He is the founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and of course, Tesla Motors. He is currently the CEO & CTO of SpaceX and CEO & Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. Fortune Magazine named him the person of the year 2013. Fortune Magazine compared Steve Jobs and Elon Musk in their article. Both of them are greatest of the great in their own way. Elon Musk is an engineer and has a passion for engineering and perfection. He saw the opportunity in the world and saw the space for an electric car manufacturer.


Tesla Model S production line in Fremont, California.

400 unit per week production is more than Mercedes-Benz or BMW sells of their flagship S Class and 7 Series cars respectively in the United States.

Tesla Model S showed rapid battery discharge rates driving along Interstate95 between Washington, D.C. and Norwich, Connecticut.

John Broder finds himself stalled short of a charging station in Connecticut in his first cross-country drive of a Tesla Model S.

Tesla Model S similar to one driven by NY Times reporter John Broder.

Grist's David Roberts argues that instead of obsessing over 'widget' solutions to our energy and transportation problems, we need to rethink the entire system.


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