Tesla Motors, Inc. is a startup company focused on the production of high performance, consumer-oriented electric vehicles. The company was founded in 2003 in San Carlos, California by two engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, and is Silicon Valley based. The company has grown to include a lot of different experts from various fields. In addition to Martin Eberhard, the Board of Directors consists of Elon Musk, former President of Paypal and founder and CEO of Space X, Simon Rothman, former global vice president and general manager for eBay Motors, Laurie Yoler from GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Kimbal Musk, CEO of Medium, Inc, Jaim Marver from VantagePoint Venture Partners, and Steve Westly, former Controller for California.
The name Tesla Motors is a tribute to Nikola Tesla, the Serbian-American scientist who was behind a long row of world changing inventions such as wireless technology, the radio, the AC motor, and last but certainly not least, the electric car.
The Tesla Motor headquarter is still found in San Carlos and this is also very much of the Tesla Roadster development took place. Design and assembly of the Tesla Roadster has chiefly been carried out in facilities in the United Kingdom, and the car is now being assembled by Lotus Cars in Hethel, England. The motor production takes place in facilities in Taiwan, for the Tesla Roadster as well as for some of the future Tesla Sedan (codename WhiteStar).
On January 26, 2007, Tesla Motors opened the Michigan Technical Centre in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This facility is responsible for research and development of future Tesla cars and its first priority is naturally the Tesla Sedan cars (codename WhiteStar).
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tesla Motors is currently constructing a new plant that will produce some of the Tesla Sedan cars (codename WhiteStar). The facility is located in Cordera Mesa, Benalillo County, and will be the first factory in the world dedicated solely to mass-producing electric cars.
The Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car capable of doing 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h). The top speed has actually been limited for safety reasons.
Tesla Motors are planning to offer home roof mounted solar-photovoltaic systems through Solar City, a construction which will offset power used by the home charger and allow 50 miles (80 kilometres) of driving without taking anything from the power grid. If you drive less than 50 miles (80 km) per day, it is therefore possible to get an “energy positive” car instead of the traditional car.
The prototype was introduced in July 2006 and the first "Signature One Hundred" set of fully equipped Roadsters sold out within three weeks. By October 2006, a hundred more Tesla Roadsters had been sold. The first production models, i.e. the cars for the 2008 model year, are scheduled to be ready for winter 2007. As of May 2007, over 400 Tesla Roadster cars have been reserved by yearning buyers.
Tesla Sports Sedan
Parallell with the Tesla Roadster, Tesla Motors are developing a sedan that will probably be introduced around year 2009. The Tesla Sports Sedan has been codenamed “WhiteStar” and is marketed as an alternative to the BMW5 Series. It is a four door, five-passenger high-performance car that is very lightweight. The price will probably land around $50,000-70,000.
In the future, Tesla Motors plan on releasing a third model that will come at a considerably lower price than the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Sports Sedan. If everything goes according to plan, profits from the WhiteStar Sports Sedan will be large enough to fund development and production of this car.