Ubiquitous with electric vehicle, Tesla has been and would probably be a fore runner in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Considered more as a tech company than a car company by enthusiasts, Tesla has had rocky beginnings. Tesla has now become the most valuable car company and it is so valuable that the combined 6 next big car companies won’t be equal to Tesla’s current market valuation as of 2021 June. That’s the sheer net worth of Tesla.
Started in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, Tesla was envisioned to be a car manufacturer that is also a tech company. Many believe that Elon Musk founded Tesla, but Musk came into picture after series A funding in 2004. So far, Tesla has been synonymous to their vision. Tesla began their journey in Palo Alto where the majority of research and development was done for their first model, the Roadster. This followed the Model S sedan, Model X SUV, Model 3 sedan and a Model Y crossover. Tesla has not only the tech advanced on their forefront but also made their patents open source. That means anyone can use Tesla’s designs and features for their vehicles. This is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
Tesla is going strong on their vision of true electric superpower. Their vehicles have an astonishing safety features, with the highest in segment. Tesla Model S, for instance has the best safety rating (the roof crush resistance testing machine broke down while testing Model S), along with the lowest drag eco-efficiency till date. It also has the largest panoramic sunroof in any production car. All models of Tesla sport a fully digital touch infotainment system. One on the model S, is a 19-inch behemoth system which controls the car. Tesla cars also have optional self-driving modules, the autopilot features. They use variety of sensors and camera and assess the road signs and marker to drive autonomously but with driver’s input. It is not perfected yet, but with driver’s assist, one can truly observe the technical prowess of Tesla’s car. Tesla cars care also pet friendly, with dog mode where the temperature can be set to keep the dogs comfortable. Tesla also features healthy air in their car through HEPA filters. Tesla cars have a very low center of gravity, since the battery cases are placed on the floor of the car. This makes their cars very stable on road.
Tesla made headlines when they announced the new Roadster, which not only boasted the longest range and the quickest acceleration in any production car. The model goes 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 mph. With thrusters (SpaceX tech), the car is supposed to reach 0-60 in 1.1 seconds, which is dragster’s territory. The new roadster also boasts a maximum range of 620 miles. That’s scarily fast and a healthy range to boast.
Although these feats make Tesla such a great company, it had its moments of darkness. The company was in loss for 18 years since inception. It made profit in 2020, breaking the cycle of loss (partly due to extensive focus on research and development). Tesla necessarily doesn’t earn profit through sales from cars, but through regulatory credits. Big car manufacturers buy regulatory credit from Tesla since Tesla makes electric cars only. This makes up a big chunk of their profit.
Tesla has changed the game, made electric cars fun to drive while making them sexier and removing the range anxiety. Also, by making their technology public and open source, they opened up the possibility of making the planet greener by going electric.
To many of us, what matters more is the fuel economy of the vehicle. Therefore, we have tried to list out the mpg figures of Tesla cars or SUV vehicles to give you fair idea of fuel economy of Tesla. Below is the list of Tesla vehicles along with their range of MPG or gas mileage.
|Tesla Model 3||107 to 150|
|Tesla Model S||93 to 114|
|Tesla Model X||83 to 109|
|Tesla Model Y||106 to 140|
Disclaimer: We don’t guarantee the accuracy of figures provided for fuel economy of Tesla vehicles and cars in mpg.