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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.

Tesla Model Y Seven-Seat Option Starts Production Next Month
Tesla Model Y Seven-Seat Option Starts Production Next Month

15 Oct 2020, 12:02 UTC / After more than a year and a half of waiting, Tesla gears up for the seven-seat Model Y. First deliveries are scheduled for December in the U.S.

 
Iron Man-Like Helicopter Concept Shows the Tesla Sigil
Iron Man-Like Helicopter Concept Shows the Tesla Sigil

15 Oct 2020, 11:55 UTC / The Tesla branded Model H concept is a helicopter from Antonio Paglia with an aerodynamic exoskeleton and sleek carriage with a carbon fiber tail.

 
Tesla Should Show Up with a Vehicle Like this One for the 2030 Le Mans
Tesla Should Show Up with a Vehicle Like this One for the 2030 Le Mans

15 Oct 2020, 11:42 UTC / A personal design by Omar Alfarra Zendah on a pre-existing T1 concept. The T1 includes a turbine drive system with an enclosed cockpit.

 
Tesla vs. Lucid Air Rivalry Heats Up, Elon Musk Tweets About Cheaper Model S
Tesla vs. Lucid Air Rivalry Heats Up, Elon Musk Tweets About Cheaper Model S

15 Oct 2020, 11:16 UTC / After Lucid announced the pricing for the entry-level Air electric sedan, Elon Musk has immediately decided to slash the pricing of the Model S

 
A Tesla Bus or Van for the Boring Tunnels Is Still in the Cards
A Tesla Bus or Van for the Boring Tunnels Is Still in the Cards

15 Oct 2020, 04:05 UTC / The Boring Company is putting Teslas underground in several U.S. locations, but Elon Musk is still hung up on the idea of “higher-passenger density vehicle”

 
Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2 Comparison: “Different, But Good Buying Options”
Tesla Model 3 vs. Polestar 2 Comparison: “Different, But Good Buying Options”

14 Oct 2020, 19:57 UTC / Despite their differences, both the Model 3 Performance and Polestar 2 Performance are fun and capable electric vehicles

 
Tesla Model 3 Track Test Reveals ESP Intervention, "Squishy" Brake Pedal
Tesla Model 3 Track Test Reveals ESP Intervention, "Squishy" Brake Pedal

14 Oct 2020, 17:08 UTC / It's not as thrilling as a purpose-built sports sedan, but the Model 3 Long Range AWD is pretty impressive on the track time-wise

 
Tesla Wagon Rendering Shows a Stylish Family-Friendly Alternative to the Model X
Tesla Wagon Rendering Shows a Stylish Family-Friendly Alternative to the Model X

14 Oct 2020, 16:12 UTC / A Tesla wagon must be pretty low on the company's priority list - if it even features there at all - but this rendering suggests it might not be a bad idea

 
Tesla Model S Loses Another Important Battle to the Lucid Air
Tesla Model S Loses Another Important Battle to the Lucid Air

14 Oct 2020, 15:11 UTC / The contest between these two is getting more and more exciting, which can only help the buildup to Lucid Air's commercial debut next year

 
This Tesla Hypercar Is Just the Kind of Design We’d Like to See on the Racetrack
This Tesla Hypercar Is Just the Kind of Design We’d Like to See on the Racetrack

14 Oct 2020, 14:24 UTC / Industrial designer Jeroen Laus shows of his work with a Tesla hypercar design that we want to see anywhere. It even has a leather and carbon fiber interior.

 
Caviar iPhone X Tesla With Solar Panel Is How You Make Outrageous Luxury Woke
Caviar iPhone X Tesla With Solar Panel Is How You Make Outrageous Luxury Woke

14 Oct 2020, 14:00 UTC / Nothing spells “sustainable” like spending almost $5K on a gilded iPhone and then using a solar panel to charge its battery, saving electricity

 
Tesla Could Give the Model X a Significant Range Boost with 2021 Model Year
Tesla Could Give the Model X a Significant Range Boost with 2021 Model Year

14 Oct 2020, 13:35 UTC / After the Model 3 tweaks and the price cut for the Model S, it looks like the 2021 model year will bring at least one important change for the X too

 
Here's a Chance to Sling Some Mud at Tesla and Earn $1,000 in the Process
Here's a Chance to Sling Some Mud at Tesla and Earn $1,000 in the Process

14 Oct 2020, 12:56 UTC / A counter-culture organization responsible for all sorts of weird stuff - including Nike sneakers filled with holy water - is now targeting Tesla, among others

 
The Tesla Model S Is Now Cheaper, Long Range Plus Priced From $71,990
The Tesla Model S Is Now Cheaper, Long Range Plus Priced From $71,990

13 Oct 2020, 14:52 UTC / Even though we're waiting for more serious changes regarding the interior design of the Model S, Tesla has surprised us by slashing $3k off the starting price

 
Tesla Cybertractor Rendered Looking Ready to Take Diesel Out of Farming
Tesla Cybertractor Rendered Looking Ready to Take Diesel Out of Farming

13 Oct 2020, 11:57 UTC / Carmakers and tractors actually go way back with both Lamborghini and Porsche famously being involved in building this type of farming equipment

 
Teardown Expert Sandy Munro Says Tesla, Rivian Will Make EVs Mainstream
Teardown Expert Sandy Munro Says Tesla, Rivian Will Make EVs Mainstream

13 Oct 2020, 09:52 UTC / With more than 30 years of experience working with automakers and tier 1 suppliers, Sandy Munro is a firm believer of the EV replacing the ICE in due time

 
Tesla Model 3 Saves Lives in Head-On Collision, Is Feel-Good Story of the Day
Tesla Model 3 Saves Lives in Head-On Collision, Is Feel-Good Story of the Day

13 Oct 2020, 04:40 UTC / Driver and passenger were hit head-on by drunk driver going the wrong way at 70 mph / 112.6 kph, sustained only minor injuries

 
YouTuber Calculates the “True Cost” of Driving a Tesla Model 3 for Three Years
YouTuber Calculates the “True Cost” of Driving a Tesla Model 3 for Three Years

12 Oct 2020, 13:13 UTC / $22,264 or 49 cents for every mile over 45,000 miles or three years of driving. That's how much a Model 3 will cost you according to Cleanerwatt

 
Startech-Tuned Tesla Model 3 Looks Like a Porsche Panamera Turbo S
Startech-Tuned Tesla Model 3 Looks Like a Porsche Panamera Turbo S

12 Oct 2020, 12:57 UTC / The Tesla Model 3 is more popular than many of the luxury or performance vehicles Startech usually tuned. It might also be faster too

 
Tesla Cybertruck Gets the Virtual Monster Truck Treatment. It Was About Time
Tesla Cybertruck Gets the Virtual Monster Truck Treatment. It Was About Time

12 Oct 2020, 10:00 UTC / The only thing we can think of while looking at these two pictures is "why did it take so long for somebody to turn the Cybertruck into a Cyber Monster Truck?