Discover 10 less-known and surprising facts about Tesla, self-driving cars, Elon Musk, and their wide release. Get amazed by the extraordinary feats achieved by this innovative company and its visionary founder.
Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded Tesla in 2003. Ian Wright joined a short time later.
In February 2004, Elon Musk led the Series A funding round by joining the board as chairman and later as CEO.
The first Tesla car was not a sports car, but a sports car prototype called the Tesla Roadster. It was introduced in 2008 and had a range of around 245 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Roadster was Tesla's first effort and debuted in 2008. The Roadster was designed to show how an electric car could outperform a gas guzzler by being much faster, for much less money. It wasn't the world's most economical car, but it made a strong statement.
The Tesla Model X is the safest car tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Tesla is working on creating fully autonomous driving capabilities in its models. Musk said that he is committed to making Tesla the safest car company in the world.
Tesla has a "secret level" in its infotainment system called "Easter Eggs," which include features like a "Santa Mode" that changes the car's dashboard to look like Santa's sleigh and a "Rainbow Road" that changes the road on the car's navigation screen to a colorful rainbow.