I’ve actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don’t mean hybrid. I mean fully electric.” -Elon Musk, Tesla Motors (June 2008)
Musk was definitely on the right track when he first released the Tesla Roadster (a battery electric sports car). Boasting a price tag of more than US $100,000, it was the first electric vehicle to be made available for mass production. Although the price tag was out of the average consumer’s reach, people knew that good things from Tesla were on its way.
The model S, a full size all electric 5-door luxury lift back was released in 2010, and had a price tag of US $70,000. The response was so overwhelming, that the vehicle was named “world’s best-selling” plug-in electric vehicle for multiple years (and even sparked an SUV version).
The Tesla Model X, which debuted in 2012, was finally produced and distributed in 2015. For every model year, Tesla has put out has been an improvement over previous versions (including the battery life). If Tesla was to be in everyone’s driveway, Elon will have to push for vehicles to become more affordable.
The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” -Elon Musk (May 2014)
Early spring 2016, Tesla unveils the model 3. Finally an all-electric vehicle aimed for the mass market consumer with a reasonable price tag of US $35,000. Tesla did not disappoint when showcased this vehicle; a beautiful 4-door sedan featuring the best of luxury and tech. While the vehicle is not set to launch until the end of 2017 into 2018, Tesla has offered test drives using concept versions of the model. If you’re interested in buying one, there is a process and a deposit will be required.
I joined my fellow nerds Rob, Elijah, and Nathan to chat about Tesla. The first road trip, different models, awesome features, company endeavours, and speculating on the company’s future state. All pretty incredible, indeed. If you have a moment, I invite you to join our Tesla conversation. Enjoy!
— Chris, Nerdy By Nature