Just Some Mind Blowing Facts About Tesla Motors

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You searched for Tesla facts and you landed on this page, so let’s give you what you came for. Tesla’s name has been around for decades already. But the company Tesla Motors, is actually located in the center of technology in Silicon Valley, California.

The prominent tech giant becomes more famous when the engineering guru tycoon Elon Mush acquired the company. Most people associate Tesla as a brainchild of Elon, but actually not.

That’s just one of the things that most people did not know about Tesla. Let us go down the memory lane and research trivia that you will be surprised ever existed about Tesla.

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Truth most didn’t know about Tesla Motors

#1 Elon Musk is not the founder – Tesla facts

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The company has been always associated with a more popular and familiar name, Elon Musk. Truth is, the engineering and tech mogul only joined Tesla Motors only around 2004, after it has been established a year before.

#2 Tesla Motors name originated from

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Nikola Tesla was a famous electrical engineer who have been once the best inventor of his time. Unfortunately, with the lack of business skills and marketing opportunities, Tesla was not able to create a multi-billion company out of his inventions.

That is where Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning created and incorporated Tesla Motors in 2003. Both decided to use Nikola Tesla’s name as a reverence to its unrecognized ingenuity. Elon Musk joined in when the company needed funding on its too expensive prior and upcoming projects.

#3 Elon Musk’s car’s name

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In respect and to remember the almost forgotten contribution of ingenuity of inventor Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk named his car as Tesla and also even joined the company as well and became a chairman of the board of directors.

#4 Did Tesla Motors made Elon Musk a billionaire?

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There is no denying that Elon Musk is a business tech magnate who were able to send spacecraft exploration on the outer space, and produce numerous unimaginable inventions which we enjoy today.  Although, his riches can’t be credited to Tesla Motors alone. Musk is also the founder of X.com, SpaceX, Boring Company, and a lot more.  Also, he was able to sell Paypall to eBay for $1.5 Billion in 2002.

According to reports, Tesla is currently losing money because of the investment they made for the research and development (RD) of their cars. It is revealed that the company has lost $717 million in the past 15 years, but the company hopes to be able to redeem the initial investment in the coming years.

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#5 Who established Tesla Motors?

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Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard are the brainchild with Tesla Motors’ creation. They have incorporated the company in the year 2003.

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#6 Is Elon Musk the owner of Tesla Motors?

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Elon Musk only joined Martin and Marc in early 2004, when the company needed more funding and help in its research and development. Now, Tesla Motors is quite popular as one of Elon Musk’s companies.

#7 Other people behind Tesla Motors

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Other less popular personalities behind the automobile company are JB Straubel and Ian Wright as founders and incorporators. So as to speak, Elon Musk did not created Tesla by himself nor started it at all.

#8 Who is Tesla?

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Tesla Motors is named after the famous engineer and inventor of alternating current (or more popular as AC) and induction motor.

Get to know Nikola Tesla, the inventor

#9 Birth and death

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Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smilijan, Croatia. He died in New York, United States on January 7, 1943. He was 87 years old when he died.

#10 Nationality

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Nikola or known as Nicholas is a Siberian – American, but used to hold an Austrian nationality.

#11 Rift between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla  

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When Tesla went to the US, he worked with the American inventor briefly. Both are the best electrical engineers and was able to invent things we now enjoy today. Unfortunately, with both names are quite popular in the same field and industry that time, there was an unspoken feud between the two. While Tesla created the alternating current (AC), that is when Edison also developed the direct-current (DC).

During the time Tesla worked with Edison, he often improved inventions and research which Edison made. That created tension between the two. Although Tesla was a real genius who have outrageous ideas, he was not business oriented as Edison which secured him legacy and financial stability over Tesla.

#12 Inventions

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There is no denying that Nikola Tesla has contributed so much in the name engineering and Physics.  He created alternating current (AC) for motor and for transmission which now are most likely existing in all cars.

He also created the Tesla coil, magnifying transmitter, shadowgraphs, Tesla turbine, neon lamps, induction motors, and Adams power plant transformer house.

#13 Number of patents filed

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Based on records successfully filed by under Tesla’s name, he was able to invent and patent 300 inventions under his name. Although there are documents shows he may have created more but was not able to legalize and document all his discoveries and inventions.

#14 Love affair

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Nicholas Tesla was perhaps the most controversial person during his time. Having an unspoken rivalry with another popular inventor Thomas Edison, Tesla’s personal life is also such a bliss and scandalous at the same time.

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It is said that Tesla is having an affair (which is not really a secret that time) with his best friend Robert Underwood Johnson’s wife Katharine McMahon Johnson.            

#15 Death Ray do exists

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Tesla such have a flamboyant personality. His ideas are quite nearly as realistic at it seems. Surprisingly, he is able to design and create reality of his what seems to be unrealistic inventions. One would be the infamous “death beam”, which is now called death ray. Though it appears
mostly in movies, this really exist and Tesla was able to to this together with his life size form Tesla coil.

#16 Details on the great inventor’s death

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With the age of 86 years old, perhaps one of the greatest inventor died at the New Yorker – Wyndham Hotel in New York, United States. It is suspected that he died in heart attack. Coroner investigation shows he died of coronary thrombosis or the clotting of blood vessel inside the heart that caused his heart attack.

It was one of the saddest week for North American people having lost such a valuable inventor. But too funny that the people from the hotel never touched his stuff because he warn staff that his luggage contain destructible electrical stuff. Only few decades, after his death, investigators opened his thigs from hotel and discovered was all useless electrical items.

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#17 Tesla Motors’ primary branding

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With the scarcity and continuously rising prices of gasoline, Tesla Motor founders decided to incorporate a company that will create and manufacture energy sustainable vehicles to replace gas operated cars into an electric operated one. Tesla vehicle is actually deemed and aims to be an eco-friendly car to somehow help reduce pollution that causes climate change.

#18 Automated Tesla car

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Tesla motor is probably one of the first automobile company who have maximized the automation and technology put into one car. The first few manufactured cars of Tesla are auto-pilot with which have driver assisted system to digitally (and mechanically) identify center of the lane, automated driving gears, auto-parking, and auto-vallet/passenger (or driver) pickup system. This makes the Tesla vehicles unique from most automobile brands. 

#19 How much shares do Elon Musk bought from Tesla

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Reports says that Elon Musk was able to purchase more than $20 million when he joined the company in 2004 which almost gave him majority of the ownership of the automated electric automobile company. Although there are still remaining stocks for public to buy under TSLA in NASDAQ for $17 per share from its $226.1 million.

#20 Tesla versus Ford

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Ford is another American automaker company which gain popularity for most local in North America. Unfortunately, despite of all the things a Tesla car can offer with lesser price the trading value of Ford is up to #43.58 billion compared to Tesla’s $42.06 billion.

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#21 Cheapest Tesla car

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With the technology provided with most of the cars released by Tesla Motors, people often are quite hesitant to purchase one because of the price. The cheapest car was rolled out a year ago in its Model 3 brand which is worth $35,000 only. The car is only made available in the US with which owners can charge car battery and can spend up to 220-mile distance.

#22 Number of units sold          

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The company’s latest release on the US sales shows that Tesla company was able to sell over 200,000 units over 2018 from which when the company started back in 20013. According to reports, 55% of the produced automated cars in 2018 models were sold and is still increasing up to this day. This is probably the reason which attracts few buyers about the company’s claim to be able to save more in the long run despite of the issues with expensive hardware maintenance.

#23 NASDAQ public listing record holder

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Ford Motors had been a consistent and have been always in the number one spot to be the oldest publicly listed American car company in Nasdaq, followed by Tesla Motors.

Tough Times for Tesla Motors

#24 Operating at a loss

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Probably one of the few wrong decision the business tech tycoon, Elon Musk’s have ever had was investing in Tesla. Although the name of the company seems to give him technology and engineering credibility, Nikola Tesla’s curse probably has its bad luck that comes with his name.

Tesla motors is now the 3rd most losing American stock exchange. Musk even joked around how the company will one day be bankrupt because it seems it’s loosing around $6,500 every minute! 2016 was the worst time for the company which it loss around $336.4 million for 7th consecutive quarter.

The company hit a debt of $10 million and was able to issue bond for $2.8 billion just to support 5 months of its production, which eventually was able to cope up with the new releases of new cars in the first quarter of 2018.

#25 Plan to make it a private company

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With the speed of the declining of profits of the tech giant, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk actually is planning to privatize the company again so as to rehabilitate the losing money in the past 15 years. However, there have been no confirmation yet on the prior statement of Musk.

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