When we talk about the best electric car manufacturer the first name pop in your head is tesla.
It was started in july 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning The company’s name is a tribute to inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla.
After 11 years in the market, Tesla ranked as the world’s best-selling plug in as well as best-selling battery electric passenger car manufacturer by cars sold in 2019, both as a brand and by automotive group, with a market share of 17% of the plug-in segment and 23% of the battery electric segment.
Tesla global vehicle sales increased 50% from 245,240 units in 2018 to 367,849 units in 2019.
On March 9, 2020, the company produced its 1 millionth electric car.As of March 2020, the Model 3 ranks as the world’s all-time best-selling plug-in electric car, with more than 500,000 delivered.
In 2008 Tesla Motors released its first car, the completely electric roadster. In company tests, it achieved 245 miles (394 km) on a single charge, a range unprecedented for a production electric car.
Additional tests showed that its performance was comparable to that of many gasoline-powered sports cars: the Roadster could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles (96 km) per hour in less than 4 seconds and could reach a top speed of 125 miles (200 km) per hour.
The lightweight car body was made of carbon fibre. The Roadster produced no tailpipe emissions, as it did not use an internal combustion engine.
Tesla Motors found that the car attained efficiency ratings that were equivalent to a gasoline mileage of 135 miles per gallon (57 km per litre).
The vehicle’s electric motor was powered by lithium ion cells—often used in laptop-computer batteries—that could be recharged from a standard electric outlet.
a federal tax credit of $7,500 for purchasing an electric vehicle, the Roadster’s cost of $109,000 made it a luxury item.
SolarCity markets, manufactures, and installs residential and commercial solar panels and solar roofs in the US. I
n 2016, the company was acquired by Tesla, inc and now also offers energy storage services through Tesla, including a turnkey residential battery backup service that incorporates Tesla’s Powerwall.
In 2014, SolarCity announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Buffalo New York in coordination with the Suny polytechnic institute after acquiring Silevo, a maker of high-efficiency solar modules.
The initial manufacturing complex would be a 1.2-million-square-foot facility that would cost $900 million and employ 1,500 workers in Buffalo and 5,000 statewide.
With a planned capacity of one gigawatt of solar panels annually by 2019, the new plant would be the largest solar plant in the U.S.
Groundbreaking for the project occurred in September 2014 with a target completion date of early 2016.
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