Tesla Motors : From Roadster to Cybertruck – Blog Series #2

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Tesla Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean-energy company, based in Palo Alto, California. They have been in the automaker business since 2003 and is currently one of the most valuable companies in the world. Through its many years of operation, Tesla Motors has been able to maintain an incredible pace of innovation in developing new technologies as well as continuously improving existing ones.

Tesla Motors great contribution to the world of automobiles is undeniable. In the course of just a few years over a decade, Tesla has been able to set in motion a paradigm shift in the fundamental philosophy prevalent in the auto-world as well as on the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. The electric cars from the company have won the world over, not just with its overall sleek design and brilliant aesthetics, but also with the cutting-edge technology each Tesla comes equipped. Here we have compiled a list of Tesla’s products in the auto-sector.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster 2008

The first model to roll out of the company’s assembly line back in 2008, was an all-electric sports car, like none before it. Boasting a top speed of ~ 200kmph and a range of ~ 400 km, was a feat, which for an electric car, at the time were unheard of. It is powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor and generates a torque of ~ 380 Nm which is constant from 0 to 6000 RPM and takes 3.7s to accelerate from 0-60 mph. The Roadster’s 0-60 time was faster than the 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage that came a year later and cost ~ 20,000$ more.

Tesla Model S

The Model S is a 4-door sedan introduced by Tesla in the year 2012. It is powered by a 3-phase 4-pole AC induction motor with a power output of ~ 588hp and ~ 1000Nm of torque. The incredible efficiency delivered by the Model S without any sacrifice in terms of performance, had given it a great push in the international podium, winning it many accolades for the same as well as a higher safety rating than any production car before it, hence, firmly cementing Tesla’s place as a mainstay in the auto industry for years to come. It has a maximum range of 390 miles or 628 km and can accelerate from 0-60mph in ~ 2.3s while in ludicrous+ mode making it the fastest accelerating sedan in the world at present.

Tesla Model X

The Model X is an SUV and, in such capacity, can accommodate upto 7 people and features a huge cargo space of 88 cubic feet, AWD, and its iconic falcon-wing doors. However, unlike any other SUV on the planet, its sleek design, electric batteries and incredibly powerful AC motors allow it to accelerate from a dead stop to 100 kmph in just 2.7 seconds while its 259 hp (front) + 503 hp (rear) motors allow for a top speed of 210 kmph. This kind of performance is, however, not at the cost of range with an EPA estimated range of ~ 500kms.

Tesla Model Y

The Model Y is Tesla’s crossover all-electric vehicle, mostly based off of the Model 3. It has similar specs and hardware as the Model 3 as well as similar added options and was unveiled in March 2019. Deliveries for the same, however, has begun very recently. It can seat upto 7 people (to be launched in 2021, currently limited to 5 people) and has an estimated range of 298 miles or ~ 480km. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph or 240kmph. All of these factors combined are set to make the Model Y the most efficient SUV in the planet, however, more details about the same are unclear at the present moment.

Tesla Roadster 2020 (upcoming)

The successor of the car that was the first Tesla on the road, the 2008 Tesla Roadster, is set to break some major records. It hasn’t reached production yet and hence information regarding the same is sparse, except for its official page on Tesla’s website. It has an advertised capability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of over 250 mph or 402kmph, an astronomic 10,000 Nm of torque, all while having a range of 620 miles or ~ 1000km. If said specifications are met, the Tesla Roadster 2020 will easily be the fastest accelerating car on the planet or maybe even the fastest car in the world, period, beating out the likes of Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Regera, etc, all the while costing ~ 200,000$ for the base model.

Cybertruck (upcoming)

A truck that Tesla Motors introduces as having “Better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car”, is an upcoming product from Tesla that has attracted the most divisive opinions from people all around the world. While, on one hand, a large number of people have found its unconventional design with straight lines and sharp angles bold, praiseworthy and something different from all the other trucks that look the same, others have not been so keen on the shift in the design philosophy, often going as far as to state that the truck seems to have been drawn by a child.

Whichever side you may be on, it is, however, undeniable that the truck seems more akin to a sports car than a conventional truck in its performance aspect, which is great, and that both negative and positive sentiments alike, have helped keep the buzz about the Cybertruck alive. The truck is set to launch with 3 configuration options – Single Motor RWD, Dual Motor AWD and Tri-Motor AWD.

Its practical aspect includes a towing capacity of 14000+ lbs. or 6350+ kg along with a 3500 lbs. or 1588 kg payload capacity, a massive storage volume of 100 cubic feet, a cold-rolled stainless steel body (exoskeleton), adaptive air suspensions to raise and lower the entire car on either direction and Tesla Armor Glass. It is advertised to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in <2.9 s and have a range of 500 miles or 805 km.

Conclusion:

Starting off as purely an EV automaker with the 2008 Tesla Roadster, today Tesla Motors has diversified into various other technologies aimed at speeding up the transition towards a renewable and emission-free world. Staying faithful to the company motto, Tesla has launched several products in the said market space, starting with the aforementioned, very well-known line up of electric cars and trucks to solar panel integrated roof tiles, aka Solar Roof, Tesla battery packs integrated in said cars as well as in Powerwalls for domestic use and other limited-run merchandise products such as surfboards, wireless chargers, etc. that either directly or indirectly help accelerate the change towards a greener and a healthier future.

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