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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.

Tesla Recalls Model Y Over Trailer Brake Light Issue, OTA Update Fixed It
Tesla Recalls Model Y Over Trailer Brake Light Issue, OTA Update Fixed It

20 Oct 2020, 19:32 UTC / As curious as it sounds, Tesla has to mail certain Model Y owners over a recall that has already been fixed by an over-the-air software update

 
Document Proves Tesla Admits Model 3 Rear Bumper Design Flaw, Though Quietly
Document Proves Tesla Admits Model 3 Rear Bumper Design Flaw, Though Quietly

20 Oct 2020, 15:45 UTC / An official Tesla document shows the company needed a full year to address the problem and it didn't publicly admit it existed to this day

 
Several Tesla Cars Burn to a Crisp in Sweden in Possible Massive Arson Case
Several Tesla Cars Burn to a Crisp in Sweden in Possible Massive Arson Case

20 Oct 2020, 14:09 UTC / The cause of the fire is still unknown at this moment, but given the circumstances, early unofficial conclusions suggest it was planted

 
A Lemon Cybertruck Replica Exists and It Raced at 24 Hours of LeMons
A Lemon Cybertruck Replica Exists and It Raced at 24 Hours of LeMons

20 Oct 2020, 06:17 UTC / 1990 Ford Ranger was converted into a lemon Cybertruck with apt name, was able to finish the Button Turrible race in California

 
Chinese Tesla Model 3 With LFP Batteries Is Now Heading to European Customers
Chinese Tesla Model 3 With LFP Batteries Is Now Heading to European Customers

19 Oct 2020, 16:35 UTC / Instead of the United States, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus for the European market now comes from China with a different battery chemistry

 
Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Is America’s “Most Affordable EV” Per Mile of Range
Tesla Model 3 LR AWD Is America’s “Most Affordable EV” Per Mile of Range

19 Oct 2020, 14:23 UTC / According to Inside EVs, the Model 3 Long Range AWD is the EV with the best bang for the buck in the United States right now

 
Tesla Model S Destroys Slicked NOS Mustang Build with Triple Zero Reaction Time
Tesla Model S Destroys Slicked NOS Mustang Build with Triple Zero Reaction Time

19 Oct 2020, 13:16 UTC / In a day and age when more and more people feel like drag racing is losing its soul due to technology taking over skill, something like this happens

 
Tesla Model 3 Powered Lift Gate Makes First Appearance, Strut Is Massive
Tesla Model 3 Powered Lift Gate Makes First Appearance, Strut Is Massive

19 Oct 2020, 12:23 UTC / Tesla has just announced the novelties for the 2021 Model 3 model year and at least one of them has already been spotted, in all its massiveness

 
Novitec Supercar Diaries Tesla Model X Edition Turns into Full-Blown Review
Novitec Supercar Diaries Tesla Model X Edition Turns into Full-Blown Review

19 Oct 2020, 10:52 UTC / If anything, this clip shows you how someone who spends most of his time driving tuned supercars can still be impressed by Tesla's electric SUV

 
2020 Marks a Tesla Model 3 Defeat to VW in Norway, and It's Not About the ID.3
2020 Marks a Tesla Model 3 Defeat to VW in Norway, and It's Not About the ID.3

19 Oct 2020, 10:41 UTC / The two companies have locked horns over Europe's most EV-oriented market, but this particular fight is more of a blast from the past

 
The Tesla E-Vision GT Boat Brings a Clean Conscience to Luxury Transportation
The Tesla E-Vision GT Boat Brings a Clean Conscience to Luxury Transportation

19 Oct 2020, 07:57 UTC / If Tesla were to make a speedboat, it could look something like this: designer Belkharmoudi Aziz imagines a future Tesla boat, with Model S powertrain

 
TFL's Tesla Model Y Has a Stuck Rear Door, Hidden Mechanical Release Discovered
TFL's Tesla Model Y Has a Stuck Rear Door, Hidden Mechanical Release Discovered

17 Oct 2020, 19:32 UTC / Sure, Tesla should have just used normal door handles. They're simple, cheap and work. But that's never been the Tesla way

 
1968 Porsche 911 EV With Tesla Electric Motor Isn’t Your Typical Restomod
1968 Porsche 911 EV With Tesla Electric Motor Isn’t Your Typical Restomod

17 Oct 2020, 17:55 UTC / Three times as powerful as the car on which it's based, the 911 EV West is definitely a hoot to drive thanks to the Tesla Model S electric motor swap

 
2021 Tesla Model Y Range Boosted 10 Miles, Long Range AWD Offers 326 Miles
2021 Tesla Model Y Range Boosted 10 Miles, Long Range AWD Offers 326 Miles

16 Oct 2020, 17:44 UTC / The Model Y didn't get the updated console from the Model 3, but both the Long Range and Performance are more efficient than ever before

 
Tesla Model Y Window Shatters While Parked in Garage
Tesla Model Y Window Shatters While Parked in Garage

16 Oct 2020, 14:29 UTC / If people think that panel misalignment is just a minor inconvenience with only cosmetic implications, they are sorely mistaken

 
2021 Tesla Model 3 Gets Up to 353 Miles Max Range, Performance Hike
2021 Tesla Model 3 Gets Up to 353 Miles Max Range, Performance Hike

16 Oct 2020, 11:41 UTC / The 2021 Tesla Model 3 configurator goes online to confirm all the previous rumors while also revealing range and performance boosts

 
Tesla Loses Water Supply at Giga Berlin Because Somebody Forgot to Pay the Bill
Tesla Loses Water Supply at Giga Berlin Because Somebody Forgot to Pay the Bill

16 Oct 2020, 10:06 UTC / Every household needs good communication between spouses to make sure no bill goes unpaid, and apparently, so do large companies that build EVs

 
Record-Breaking 2013 Tesla Model S Is Pushing for 1 Million Miles
Record-Breaking 2013 Tesla Model S Is Pushing for 1 Million Miles

16 Oct 2020, 04:33 UTC / Tesla owner Hansjörg von Gemmingen has been driving his 2013 Model S P85 since 2014, when he bought it with 30,000 km (18,641 miles) on the odo

 
Tesla Model C Rendering Is the Unlikely Fusion of a Roadster and Renault's Twizy
Tesla Model C Rendering Is the Unlikely Fusion of a Roadster and Renault's Twizy

15 Oct 2020, 16:18 UTC / What could be wrong about a Tesla with a central seating position and presumably plenty of power? Well, nothing, but it's all about how you sell it

 
A Michelin Design Challenge Ride Was Branded Tesla, Meant for Future Le Mans
A Michelin Design Challenge Ride Was Branded Tesla, Meant for Future Le Mans

15 Oct 2020, 14:16 UTC / This Tesla concept features a completely digital windshield, independent motors on each wheel, and is completely electric. Designed for future Le Mans circuits.