25 Interesting Facts About Tesla Motors You Probably Didn’t Know

Tesla Motors has continued to push the automotive envelope, making it possible to drive a vehicle not dependent on gasoline. While Tesla cars were considered rare and out of reach, they’ve been slowly progressing to build more cars, models, and making them accessible to the public. Their interest in progressing toward the future sets them apart from many other automotive companies only concerned about the status quo. And, even though Tesla is known for making cars, you might be surprised what else they’re up to. Curious to find out more about Tesla? Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Tesla Motors You Probably Didn’t Know.


Tesla Motors has built the largest touch screen and interface panel inside a vehicle, measuring at 17 inches. The dashboard speedometer is also a digital screen.

tesla interiorSource: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/01/18/what-are-some-mind-blowing-facts-about-tesla-motors/#5402a85a3a79

It's a common misconception that Elon Musk created Tesla Motors. In fact, the founders of Tesla Motors were Eric Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.

Elon_MuskSource: https://evannex.com/blogs/news/tesla-founders-martin-eberhard-and-marc-tarpenning-talk-evs

Tesla has released a Model S, 3, and X, and will eventually release a Model Y SUV. If you didn't figure it out already, that spells "SEXY."

tesla shopSource: https://electrek.co/2016/07/30/tesla-vehicle-naming-convention-sexy-model-y-elon-musk/

Tesla Model S was the first electric car to receive the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.

tesla model sSource: http://www.motortrend.com/news/2013-motor-trend-car-of-the-year-tesla-model-s/

The Tesla name came to Martin Eberhard when he was on a date with his wife at Disneyland.

disneylandSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-tesla-motors-got-its-name-2014-11

Due to Franchise Dealership Laws, Tesla's sales model is illegal in 6 states. In those states, you have to purchase a vehicle from a dealership, but Tesla only sells its cars directly.

tesla storeSource: https://blog.ucsusa.org/daniel-gatti/why-you-cant-buy-a-tesla-in-connecticut-and-5-other-states

For a long time it was totally free to charge your Tesla at their charging station, but recently they announced they will start charging for it. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for a full charge.

tesla chargingSource: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-charging-20161107-story.html

Outside of private passenger cars, Tesla has plans to build a minibus and a semi-truck in the future.

tesla semiSource: https://www.tesla.com/semi

If you were ever worried the battery would slowly go bad, Tesla stations will swap out your battery for less than $60. The Model S was designed to easily replace the battery in 90 seconds.

tesla sSource: https://techcrunch.com/2013/06/20/tesla-shows-off-a-90-second-battery-swap-system-wants-it-at-supercharging-stations-by-years-end/

It was announced Elon Musk's compensation will be directly tied to Tesla's growth and hitting its goals. If they don't hit their targets, he won't get paid. Still, Musk's net worth is valued at 20 billion.

money rollsSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-elon-musk-net-worth-2017-10, https://money.usnews.com/investing/stock-market-news/articles/2018-01-23/tesla-inc-tsla-stock

Despite only delivering 76,230 vehicles in 2016, Tesla Motors has amassed incredible market value, surpassing Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, and General Motors.

tesla bigSource: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/tesla-worlds-4th-largest-auto-maker/

Elon Musk loves easter eggs so much he included the ability to watch your car drive down rainbow road like in Mario Kart on its display panel.

mario kartSource: https://www.theverge.com/2016/4/11/11409638/tesla-autopilot-rainbow-road-super-mario-kart

Tesla does more than make cars. It also created a "powerwall" that acts as a secondary power source if there are power outages in the area. It charges by solar panels and can last up to 7 plus days.

Tesla powerwallSource: https://www.tesla.com/powerwall

In 2013, the Tesla Model S came with an all glass roof and Musk has hinted that future models may include a solar roof.

tesla model 3Source: https://www.teslarati.com/teslas-beautiful-glass-roof-model-s-upcoming-model-3/

The Model X weighs a little under 6,000 pounds which technically makes it illegal to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge.

tesla model xSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-car-secrets-you-may-not-have-known-2016-11

There are 1,191 Tesla superstations with 9,184 superchargers around the world and more being installed.

charging stationSource: https://www.tesla.com/supercharger

The Tesla has an "insane" mode that makes it go 0 to 60 in 3 seconds.

tesla fastSource: https://thenextweb.com/cars/2017/02/07/tesla-p100d-reached-insane-2-28-second-0-60-time-test/

Their Gigafactory will be the second largest building in the world, will employ 6,500 people, and recycle entire trains to make lithium-ion batteries.

tesla factorySource: https://www.geekwire.com/2015/teslas-gigafactory-to-be-second-largest-plant-in-world-after-boeing/

The Gigafactory is capable of producing 500,000 electric cars in one year.

tesla model sSource: http://www.hybridcars.com/panasonic-ceo-tesla-capable-of-producing-500000-cars-in-2020/

Currently, Tesla has around 212 showrooms in the world which is far below the 4,000 Ford dealerships.

tesla showroomSource: https://gpwrite.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/number-of-tesla-stores/

The Tesla Model S remembers where you've driven before and can adjust the suspension based on that data.

tesla model s showingSource: https://jalopnik.com/the-tesla-model-s-raises-the-suspension-based-on-locati-1636877061

Tesla Motors stock (TSLA) is the most shorted stock on NASDAQ. Some investors think its hype, while others believe it'll be the new revolution.

nasdaqSource: https://www.nasdaq.com/article/worlds-top-short-seller-has-bad-news-for-tesla-stock-investors-cm896243

They aren't all for super wealthy people. The Tesla Model 3 is available for $35,000.

red tesla model 3Source: https://www.tesla.com/model3

You only need to regularly replace 6 parts of a Tesla car, the four wheels and the two wiper blades.

tesla shellSource: http://www.hitcpm.com/watch?key=027ed88f05536b6c1a41df968c0abb52

All of Tesla's car designs are open source. They started releasing their patents in 2014 for the advancement of electric car technology.

tesla motors hqSource: http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-elon-musk-opens-tesla-patents-20140612-story.html

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