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autoevolution's Tesla Month

There is no other carmaker in history that has managed to go from a start-up phase to a full-blown automotive industry disruptor in such a short amount of time.

With a history that can be traced to the early 2000s, when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ended its Zero Emission Vehicles initiative after automakers like GM and company argued that demand for electric vehicles was too low, Tesla was initially called Tesla Motors, and it was founded by a couple of engineers called Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.

Right from the beginning, the start-up's goal was to develop a lineup of electric cars that can be desirable instead of odd ducks in the automotive landscape, like its forefathers.

A few years later, following several rounds of investment and the arrival of the man who is now more synonymous with the word ‘Tesla’ than Nikola himself, the EV carmaker has definitely made it past its start-up phase.

Now called Tesla, Inc, the carmaker has no less than four different models in its lineup, with a pickup truck, a semi truck, a hypercar and even a compact EV model to round up the stable in the upcoming years.

With a multitude of production and assembly lines built or about to be built around the world, you’d think that Tesla is arguably on its way to be the true industry disruptor it first set out to be.

That remains to be seen, as the road ahead is treacherous, but what we do know for sure is that Tesla has made a lot of waves, and the ripple effect is just starting to be felt by more and more traditional carmakers, whether you like it or not.

This is why we decided to dedicate the entire month of October this year to the most flamboyant carmaker in recent decades, with its ups and downs and everything in between. Stay tuned on autoevolution for the coolest and most important stories about the Palo Alto EV brand.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

Skydio 2 Drone Follows Tesla Model 3 on FSD as It Nearly Smacks into Parked Car
Skydio 2 Drone Follows Tesla Model 3 on FSD as It Nearly Smacks into Parked Car

31 Oct 2020, 15:41 UTC / A semi-autonomous drone follows a semi-autonomous (depending on who you ask) car around town as one navigates more successfully than the other

 
Tesla Radio Upgrade Incoming, Will Cost $500
Tesla Radio Upgrade Incoming, Will Cost $500

30 Oct 2020, 18:19 UTC / You've read that right, ladies and gents! Owners of older Teslas with the MCU2 infotainment upgrade now have to splash $500 on AM, FM, and Siriux XM radio

 
Here’s How a Ford F-150 Raptor Was Transformed Into Europe’s Only Cybertruck
Here’s How a Ford F-150 Raptor Was Transformed Into Europe’s Only Cybertruck

30 Oct 2020, 09:11 UTC / Igor Krezic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the owner of the Tesla Cybertruck replica, agrees to talk about it for the first time, shows more footage

 
Tuned Audi RSQ8 “POORUS” Takes On Lambo Urus and Tesla Model X, Annihilates Both
Tuned Audi RSQ8 “POORUS” Takes On Lambo Urus and Tesla Model X, Annihilates Both

29 Oct 2020, 12:10 UTC / Sure, it might have been predictable given the dyno sheet of the Ingolstadt SUV, but the ICE vs. EV drag race should have been a lot more balanced than this

 
Airfield Tesla Model Y and S, 3, X Drag Race Has Predictable Raven Outcome
Airfield Tesla Model Y and S, 3, X Drag Race Has Predictable Raven Outcome

29 Oct 2020, 09:53 UTC / Funny enough, this German drag race of Tesla's performance versions of the S, 3, X, Y quartet was delayed by a small aircraft taking off

 
Billionaire and Car Collector Ion Tiriac Has Mad Respect for Tesla
Billionaire and Car Collector Ion Tiriac Has Mad Respect for Tesla

29 Oct 2020, 07:31 UTC / When the owner of one of the world’s most impressive and diverse car collections has such high praise for you, you’re definitely doing something right

 
Cadillac Super Cruise Beats Tesla Autopilot by a Margin, but It’s Not All Bad
Cadillac Super Cruise Beats Tesla Autopilot by a Margin, but It’s Not All Bad

29 Oct 2020, 04:34 UTC / Consumer Reports has released its third annual report on ADAS, now including 17 vehicles. Super Cruise came in first again, with Autopilot a “distant” second

 
2021 Tesla Model 3 Beats Hyundai Ioniq to Become EPA's Most Efficient EV
2021 Tesla Model 3 Beats Hyundai Ioniq to Become EPA's Most Efficient EV

28 Oct 2020, 16:47 UTC / For some, this must sound like the winner in the battle of nerds, but people should start paying more attention to a vehicle's efficiency rating

 
Borat Is Now Smashing Teslas for Fun: You Buy Cheap Car, You Should Expect This
Borat Is Now Smashing Teslas for Fun: You Buy Cheap Car, You Should Expect This

28 Oct 2020, 05:37 UTC / Borat makes an appearance on vlogger David Dobrik’s channel, ahead of the premiere of new film, drives a mail truck into the door of his Model X

 
Tesla Cybertruck Rendered as Minivan, Garbage Truck, and Ambulance
Tesla Cybertruck Rendered as Minivan, Garbage Truck, and Ambulance

27 Oct 2020, 17:20 UTC / The boxy shape of the Cybertruck has inspired many renderings. But we hope you've never seen anything like this crazy stuff

 
Not All That Glitters Is Tesla Gold: A Fishy Story of Dumb Thieves and a Model 3
Not All That Glitters Is Tesla Gold: A Fishy Story of Dumb Thieves and a Model 3

27 Oct 2020, 07:27 UTC / Viral story from Australia may be riddled with holes but it does get one thing right: car thieves need to think twice before choosing a Tesla as mark

 
Chinese Tesla Model 3 With LFP Battery Now Departing Shanghai for Europe
Chinese Tesla Model 3 With LFP Battery Now Departing Shanghai for Europe

27 Oct 2020, 00:05 UTC / By the end of November, the first units of the MIC M3 SR+ built in China with LFP battery cells are due to be delivered to European customers

 
Elon Musk Wants Teslas to Be Able to "Fart" at Other Cars, Coal Roll Revenge?
Elon Musk Wants Teslas to Be Able to "Fart" at Other Cars, Coal Roll Revenge?

26 Oct 2020, 16:23 UTC / If this goes through, expect the number of road rage incidents to spike. On the other hand, be warned: Tesla owners might have Not a Flamethrowers

 
The Tesla Autopilot Syndrome: "Why Didn't the Car Avoid the Crash for Me?"
The Tesla Autopilot Syndrome: "Why Didn't the Car Avoid the Crash for Me?"

26 Oct 2020, 14:37 UTC / If it's one thing that humans can get used to very quickly and easily is not doing anything, and that's precisely what the Autopilot promises

 
Full Self-Driving Beta Release Is Tesla's Most Irresponsible Move so Far
Full Self-Driving Beta Release Is Tesla's Most Irresponsible Move so Far

26 Oct 2020, 11:31 UTC / Tesla Army bans Reddit user for sensibly advising care while using Full Self-Driving Beta release despite the fact Tesla does the very same thing

 
Tesla Insults Entire Chinese Market to Avoid US (and Possible Worldwide) Recall
Tesla Insults Entire Chinese Market to Avoid US (and Possible Worldwide) Recall

25 Oct 2020, 15:06 UTC / When Tesla announced it was disbanding its PR department, we didn't really think we would get a situation that shows it was a bad idea so quickly

 
Tesla Roadster Rendering Has the Special Bit It Needs to Beat Model S Plaid
Tesla Roadster Rendering Has the Special Bit It Needs to Beat Model S Plaid

25 Oct 2020, 07:57 UTC / If there was ever proof that Tesla plays in a league of its own, here it is: it took another Tesla - the Model S Plaid - to come close to the Roadster's specs

 
Tesla Model 86 Rocket Bunny Looks Like a Confused Widebody EV
Tesla Model 86 Rocket Bunny Looks Like a Confused Widebody EV

24 Oct 2020, 17:45 UTC / The Model 3 Performance is one of the fastest sedans you can buy for the money, yet isn't treated to the same aftermarket accessories as the BMW M3

 
Tesla Argues China Is Forcing Recall: No Suspension Defect in Model S or Model X
Tesla Argues China Is Forcing Recall: No Suspension Defect in Model S or Model X

24 Oct 2020, 06:18 UTC / Almost 30,000 units made between September 2013 and January 2018 and shipped to China are affected, with Tesla already agreeing to the recal

 
Lucid Is Not Coming for Tesla’s Crown but Is OK With Stealing It
Lucid Is Not Coming for Tesla’s Crown but Is OK With Stealing It

24 Oct 2020, 05:14 UTC / CEO Peter Rawlinson reiterates statement that the Air is not a direct Tesla competitor or “killer,” but says he welcomes the comparison