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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.

Two Suspension Issues Prompt Tesla Model S and Model X Safety Recall in China
Two Suspension Issues Prompt Tesla Model S and Model X Safety Recall in China

23 Oct 2020, 20:52 UTC / A total of 29,193 Model S and Model X vehicles are under recall in China for two separate issues involving the front and rear suspension

 
Ride Through Future City Streets with no Handlebars on this Tesla Motorcycle
Ride Through Future City Streets with no Handlebars on this Tesla Motorcycle

23 Oct 2020, 19:20 UTC / A Tesla-branded motorcycle that is driven with no handlebars through the assistance of an AI. It does this using a material that senses your hand’s movements.

 
Tesla Model S Raven Drag Races Lamborghini Huracan, Winner Takes It All
Tesla Model S Raven Drag Races Lamborghini Huracan, Winner Takes It All

23 Oct 2020, 17:43 UTC / A mid-engine Raging Bull or a full-size electric sedan that weighs a lot by comparison? Well, the latter actually has the edge over a quarter-mile drag race

 
Wage no Wars on Mars Aliens with this Tesla-Branded Observational Tank
Wage no Wars on Mars Aliens with this Tesla-Branded Observational Tank

23 Oct 2020, 16:02 UTC / This concept is made to creep along on the surface of Mars while using military grade suspensions. Also acts as a collection, storage, and observation center.

 
Tesla Autopilot Thinks Reddish Circles on a Flag Are Traffic Lights
Tesla Autopilot Thinks Reddish Circles on a Flag Are Traffic Lights

23 Oct 2020, 14:04 UTC / Everybody knows that Tesla's Autopilot - FSD Beta or not - is not perfect, yet some people tend to forget it when they activate the system. Here's a reminder

 
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Is a Huge Step Toward Autonomy. Risky, Too
Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Beta Is a Huge Step Toward Autonomy. Risky, Too

23 Oct 2020, 04:21 UTC / Tesla makes perhaps its boldest move yet, placing trust in drivers’ common sense. If successful, Level 5 will be unlocked, but all hell could break loose if not

 
Regulators Are Keeping an Eye on Tesla FSD Beta, Some Aren’t Exactly Pleased
Regulators Are Keeping an Eye on Tesla FSD Beta, Some Aren’t Exactly Pleased

23 Oct 2020, 03:04 UTC / The Full Self-Driving upgrade rolls out to a handful of expert, cautious drivers, and their first reactions are positive. Industry watchers’, not so much

 
Tesla Supercharger Stations Will Soon Handle 350 kW
Tesla Supercharger Stations Will Soon Handle 350 kW

22 Oct 2020, 13:39 UTC / In 2021 or 2022 at the latest, Tesla will roll out 350-kW chargers for the Cybertruck and a number of other models with 4680 batteries

 
Tesla Model Y Proves Heat Pump Superiority Over Model 3 During Cold Weather
Tesla Model Y Proves Heat Pump Superiority Over Model 3 During Cold Weather

22 Oct 2020, 12:35 UTC / Real-world testing of the Tesla Model Y crossover SUV has been spectacularly absent from discussions, but as winter approaches the story is changing

 
Tesla Proves Analysts Wrong, Q3 2020 Earnings Report Exceeds Expectations
Tesla Proves Analysts Wrong, Q3 2020 Earnings Report Exceeds Expectations

22 Oct 2020, 11:24 UTC / Instead of $0.67 per share and $8.4 billion in revenue, Tesla posted $0.76 per share and $8.7 billion in the third quarter of 2020

 
The Russians Show the World Their Tesla Designs in Military Superpower Fashion
The Russians Show the World Their Tesla Designs in Military Superpower Fashion

22 Oct 2020, 09:31 UTC / The Tesla Bull Helicopter shows what happens when ‘Mother Russia’ takes a crack at combining Tesla tech and design with military.

 
Production Version of Cybertruck Brings Many Improvements, Hopefully in Late ‘21
Production Version of Cybertruck Brings Many Improvements, Hopefully in Late ‘21

22 Oct 2020, 04:38 UTC / Elon Musk offers update on the all-electric truck, shares his best-case scenario. Mass production is dependent on Austin Giga completion, though

 
Tesla Model 3 Drag Races Polestar 2 Forwards and in Reverse
Tesla Model 3 Drag Races Polestar 2 Forwards and in Reverse

21 Oct 2020, 18:53 UTC / In the correct direction, the Model 3 is faster than the Polestar 2 with the Performance Package. But in reverse, the Sino-Swedish contender is better

 
Somewhere Between a Car and a Motorcycle is this Edgy and Futuristic Tesla Model
Somewhere Between a Car and a Motorcycle is this Edgy and Futuristic Tesla Model

21 Oct 2020, 18:25 UTC / This concept is a collaboration between two designers. The Tesla sigil lets us know it’s an EV with possible future tech and designs.

 
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Vs. Tesla Model Y Performance is a Drag Race It Must Win
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Vs. Tesla Model Y Performance is a Drag Race It Must Win

21 Oct 2020, 14:55 UTC / Two cars that apparently have no place together in the same sentence find themselves sharing the same drag strip and locked in a very close fight

 
Volcon Presents Grunt, the All-Terrain Electric Motorcycle Inspired by Tesla
Volcon Presents Grunt, the All-Terrain Electric Motorcycle Inspired by Tesla

21 Oct 2020, 10:05 UTC / The Grunt has a range of 100 miles, can top 60 mph and sits on massive tires that make it ideal for both work and fun in the great outdoors

 
Here is a Modified Tesla Model 3 Driven on a Racetrack by Popular YouTuber
Here is a Modified Tesla Model 3 Driven on a Racetrack by Popular YouTuber

21 Oct 2020, 07:58 UTC / Believe it or not, this is a popular YouTuber's first time handling any road EV on a circuit, and it seems he may be thinking of adding one to his garage

 
Tesla Full-Self Driving Beta Rollout Starts, Is "Slow & Cautious as It Should"
Tesla Full-Self Driving Beta Rollout Starts, Is "Slow & Cautious as It Should"

21 Oct 2020, 07:53 UTC / Elon Musk confirms rollout to select drivers from the early access program, promises it will be “extremely slow and cautious”

 
Ferrari F8 Tributo Vs. Tesla Model S 1/4-Mile Drag Race Ends with Huge Tease
Ferrari F8 Tributo Vs. Tesla Model S 1/4-Mile Drag Race Ends with Huge Tease

21 Oct 2020, 06:43 UTC / In a twist that surprises nobody, Ferrari's gorgeous tribute to the V8 engine is turning out to be quite the drag racing tool

 
European 2022 Tesla Model Y Spotted With Camouflaged Front License Plate Holder
European 2022 Tesla Model Y Spotted With Camouflaged Front License Plate Holder

20 Oct 2020, 23:13 UTC / Tesla appears to be putting the finishing touches on the exterior design of the Model Y for Europe, which will start production in Berlin in July 2021