Tesla Motors headquartered in Palo Alto , focus only on Electric car . Tesla Motors was founded in July 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning to create efficient electric cars for people who love to drive . The Chairman of the company is Elon Musk . The strategy of Tesla Motors is fairly simple , first focus on building an electric sports car and then , second , focus on building an affordable electric car . [ see full story ]
Electric Car | Tesla Motors Roadster
The high performance electric sports car was unveiled in July 2006 . Capable of 135 mpg (miles per gallon) , a driving range of 250 miles in a single charge and a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in about 4s , the car was powered by the state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery energy system .
Electric Car | Tesla Motors Model S
This electric car is retailing at USD$50k to USD$70k depending upon the choice of battery which in turn affects the performance . For a USD$70k Tesla model S , the car is equipped with a 85kWh lithium-ion battery with a capability of 300 miles per charge, a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in 5.6s and a top speed of 125 mph . Its low end cousin retailing at USD$50k comes with a 40kWh battery , capable of 160 m iles per charge , sprint of 0 to 60 mph in 6.5s and a top speed of 110 mph
Tesla Model S is the company’s answer to a semi affordable car . The future of Tesla lies in the success with this Model S . Unlike other large car makers like Toyota or Nissan who makes many different models , Tesla Motors has only 2 , the roadster and Model S . There is simply not much room for error and an “OK” car may not be good enough for Tesla Motors .
Tesla Motors plan to sell about 6,000 model S this year and 20,000 next year . The numbers may appear small but considering a young start-up company , this is big deal . Some industry source felt that 20,000 for a Model S may be a little too high base on past performance , but Elon felt otherwise . The future landscape can change quickly depending upon how oil price perform and also how the electric powered batteries technology has improved over the months and years . Until recently , several car manufacturers like Mitsubishi and Toyota has reported improvement in their battery technology where they are able to reduce the weight and size of the car batteries by half . This is definitely good news for it means either having large vehicle or higher performance .
Electric Car |Tesla Motors Model X
Tesla Motors has also announced Model X , an SUV capable of a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in under 5s . Production will begin in late 2013 for this gull wing SUV and deliveries in early 2014 .
Electric Car | Tesla Motors on batteries charging
The electric cars can be charged either at home using the standard 110v or 240v at the public charging stations in the U.S . A standard 10kW on-board charger allows 31 miles per 1 hour of charge which is pretty long charging time . A 20kW twin turbo provides twice the range at 62 miles per 1 hour of charge . Anyway , Tesla Motors is building super-charger access across the U.S with a capability of 160 miles in about 30 minutes of charging time for a 85kWh battery .
Moving forward , with the uncertainty in oil prices , and the need to go green , improvement in the technology of batteries will be key to make electric car a success in the near future .