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How Tesla Has Impacted the Automobile Industry
What is Tesla?
Tesla is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. The company specializes in various fields, such as electric vehicle manufacturing, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, and solar panel and solar roof tile manufacturing. The company was originally founded on July 1, 2003, by Elon Musk in San Carlos, CA, and it took the electric car industry by storm. Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy” and show that electric vehicles can be better, quicker, and more fun to drive than gasoline-powered cars. Now, let’s dive deeper into how Tesla has taken over the Automobile Industry.
How has Tesla Impacted the Automobile Industry?
Tesla was originally founded to show gasoline-powered car manufacturers that electric vehicles can perform the same tasks with the same efficiency, if not more efficiently. That is because Tesla’s ideas, and the way it has connected those ideas to an ambitious vision for a future of renewable energy and self-driving vehicles, are as compelling as those coming from any other car manufacturer. The company thrives without paying for online advertisements because it has generated popularity through its unique cars, its outgoing CEO Elon Musk, and support from online content creators. When the first Tesla car, the Model S, was released, it wasn’t as popular as new electric vehicles being introduced by other companies. Today, however, there are millions of people switching from gas to electric vehicles because of Tesla and their revolutionary vehicles. Here are some of the ways Tesla has overtaken its competition:
- Tesla is several years ahead of its competitors technology-wise, as Tesla cars can autonomously drive, meaning the cars can drive independently and (for the most part) safely. They have regenerative braking, meaning once a car breaks, it gains energy back, which could give the car more power to drive. Due to Tesla’s advanced technology, all models received a 5/5 on the crash test safety rating, making Tesla cars some of the safest cars on the market.
- Tesla cars are much easier to maintain than gas-powered cars, as they require no traditional oil changes, fuel filters, spark plug replacements, or emission checks, which could save thousands of dollars for the customer.
- Rather than models for gas-powered cars getting old and outdated, Tesla faces no problem with updating their vehicle models. Similar to smartphones, Tesla’s receive software updates to keep all cars completely updated. This means that Tesla cars released in 2016 can have most, if not all features that new Tesla’s manufactured in 2020 contain. This is a great way to market a car, as consumers would like to have their cars up-to-date and technologically advanced for a longer period of time.
- All Teslas are eco-friendly vehicles, as they produce significantly less carbon dioxide than any gasoline-powered competitor.
Which Tesla is Best For You?
As of 2020, Tesla offers four models: The Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. Currently, they have three other cars in production that are scheduled to be sent to customers in the near future: the Cybertruck, a futuristic, advanced pickup truck, the Tesla Roadster, which is meant to be an all-electric supercar that will revolutionize the supercar industry, and the Tesla Semi, a truck that is going to introduce electric motors to the large truck industry. However, as of now, you can only purchase the four cars mentioned at the beginning and pre-order the other three. Now, let’s find out which car is best for you.
Model S: The Model S was first released in 2012, and it revolutionized the electric-car industry. The Model S was the first long-range, widely desired electric vehicle, and mainstream automakers have been struggling to catch up ever since. The Model S is a long-range, all-electric sedan that comes in two models. It is a four-door sedan which provides consumers with a remarkable, luxurious experience. The first variant is the long-range and its price starts from $76,190 (2020). The other model is the performance variant, and it starts at $96,190. Although the price is high, it is equipped with dozens of features that justify the high price tag, some of them being autopilot, auto-park, summon feature, and dozens more. As for acceleration, the 2020 Model S hasn’t been tested yet, but the 2018 Tesla Model S 100D test vehicle blasted from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds. Furthermore, the performance model will blast from 0–60 in a mere 2.4 seconds in Ludicrous mode according to Tesla. The range you can receive from a Tesla Model S is phenomenal, providing up to a 373-mile range for the long-range mode while the Performance model offers up to 348 miles for a full charge.
Model 3: The Model 3 is Tesla’s most recent sedan. It is a cheap, affordable, and luxurious electric-sedan and millions of consumers are buying it. The Tesla Model 3 is the world’s best-selling electric car in history, with more than 500,000 units delivered. Similarly to the Model S, the Model 3 is a four-door sedan which boasts quick acceleration and has a future-forward, minimalist interior, as the only buttons you can find are those required by the government. Additionally, multiple battery configurations are available: the Standard Range Plus Battery, which is $39,190, the Long Range Battery, which is $48,190, and lastly, the Performance model, which is $56,190. The Long Range model claims a range of 322 miles, whilst the other two variants have a range of over 200 miles but not as many as the Long Range variant. Tesla claims the Performance model can go from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds, which is revolutionary for such an eco-friendly and affordable sedan. While the Model 3 is the cheapest Tesla you can buy, the $36,200 Standard Range model is available only by special order at Tesla stores. The least expensive version available for purchase online is the $39,190 Standard Range Plus. The car is primarily controlled by the monolithic touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. It comes with a standard of 5 seats similarly to the Model S, so there should not be a problem driving a couple of friends or some kids around.
Model X: If you’re looking for a fully-electric SUV, the Tesla Model X is just for you. The X is practical, with all-wheel drive, a high-tech cabin with room for up to seven, and striking Falcon Wing doors. Two models are offered, both with over 300 miles of driving range, and each one is impressively quick due to two onboard electric motors. The Model X also handles quite nicely for such a heavy SUV since the battery is mounted at the bottom of the car, providing a low center of gravity. The interior and exterior are filled with various components which can be found in all Tesla cars, but it also has some exclusive features not found in other models, such as falcon-wing doors, higher suspension off the ground, “Big Sky” windshield that extends to almost above the driver’s head, and much more. The first model is the long-range model starting at $81,190, and even though it may seem pricey, it is equipped with an assortment of features and provides a luxurious experience. The next model is the performance model, and it starts at a whopping $101,190. There are several pros and cons for both variants of the Model X, as while the long-range model can provide more range with approximately 325 miles on a single charge, it’s not as fast or particularly “fun” as the performance model. Even though the performance model is $20,000 more than the long-range, it provides a feature dubbed by Tesla as “Ludicrous mode,” which allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds, which is worth the money. However, the downside of the performance model is that it receives 20 miles less than the long-range, giving it approximately 305 miles on a single charge. Although the long-range model may not be as powerful or quick as the performance model, it can provide a similar experience, with a 0–60 acceleration occurring in under 4.4 seconds, according to Tesla. As for seating, the car comes default with five seats, but can be equipped with one or two more seats if you are willing to pay for them.
Model Y: The Model Y is the most recent crossover Tesla has produced. If you want a car which is bigger than a Model S or Model 3 but you don’t want to spend a lot of money for the Model X, then the Model Y is the most convenient electric car on the market for you. The 2020 Tesla Model Y looks very similar to the compact Model 3 sedan, but can be outfitted with a third row of seats for a total seating capacity of seven. It comes with the same interior as the Model 3, however, the exterior is raised, making it seem more like an SUV than a sedan. The Model Y comes in three models: the Standard Range, which starts at $40,200, the Long Range, which starts at $49,200, and the Performance model, which starts at $62,200. All models come with their own pros and cons; the Standard Range starts at an affordable price but has a lackluster 230 mile range, the Long Range has a slightly higher price and provides around 300 miles of range, the most of any variant of Model Y, but isn’t as powerful or quick as the Performance model, and the Performance model is the most expensive model. It justifies this steep price tag by having a fairly good range of nearly 280 miles, which is decent for the money and boasting the fastest motors, allowing it to be much quicker than the other models. If you are looking for an affordable SUV that you will not use over long distances a lot, then you should go for the Standard Model. If you’re looking to use the Model Y to travel long distances, then you should go for the Long Range. Lastly, if you are looking for a fun, quick experience and you were willing to pay more, then you should purchase the Performance Model. All models come with the same technology and features, but they vary in range and speed.