2003-2013:10 Years of Tesla Motors
First, it left us stranded due to a stuck charger, and then it made us smile from ear to ear with its silent but deadly acceleration. Yes, it’s safe to say we’ve had both good and bad experiences with Teslas here at Autoweek. In its 10 years of existence, the company has given us the zippy Roadster based on the Lotus Elise and the current Model S. The sedan — which is now Tesla’s bread and butter — continues to be its all-star player.
Tesla posted positive profits for the first time this year, and the Silicon Valley-based car company continues to expand with future plans for a 3-series/A4 fighter, slotted below the Model S. The delayed Model X is still on the horizon as well, with Tesla beginning deliveries in 2014.
Also expect a next-generation Roadster in the nearby future, ditching the Elise chassis for a modified version of the platform used by the Model S. Founder Elon Musk also said that Tesla plans to produce an electric supercar in four to five years.
As the company marches on past its brief 10-year anniversary, check out the picture gallery with captions to see brief facts about the company.
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By Max Gilles