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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.

The Tesla Model 3 Is the Best-Selling EV in 19 Countries, Study Finds
The Tesla Model 3 Is the Best-Selling EV in 19 Countries, Study Finds

11 Oct 2020, 20:14 UTC / Not in the least surprising, the Tesla Model 3 is the most popular EV in terms of sales in 19 out of 60 countries analyzed by Uswitch

 
The Tesla-Branded EV Bike that Comes Equipped with All-Wheel-Drive
The Tesla-Branded EV Bike that Comes Equipped with All-Wheel-Drive

11 Oct 2020, 14:40 UTC / Kendall Toerner shows us a Tesla inspired bicycle. This concept is equipped with full autonomy and even all-wheel drive suitable for any track condition.

 
Tesla Roadster and Starman Make First Close Approach With Mars
Tesla Roadster and Starman Make First Close Approach With Mars

11 Oct 2020, 07:18 UTC / SpaceX confirms Roadster’s progress, which is now closer to Mars than it is to Earth, at under 5 million miles (8 million km)

 
2021 Tesla Model 3 Redesigned Center Console and Chrome-Delete Trim Revealed
2021 Tesla Model 3 Redesigned Center Console and Chrome-Delete Trim Revealed

10 Oct 2020, 19:59 UTC / The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is slowly but steadily getting undressed of its secrets, starting with the new center console and chrome-delete exterior trim

 
Tesla Doesn’t Even Need the Press at This Point, So Why Bother
Tesla Doesn’t Even Need the Press at This Point, So Why Bother

10 Oct 2020, 14:00 UTC / What’s the use of a PR department that’s hardly ever put to work when you have Elon Musk on Twitter and a loyal fanbase willing to do all the heavy lifting?

 
The First Passenger Boat With Second-Life Tesla Batteries Is the Historic Sylvia
The First Passenger Boat With Second-Life Tesla Batteries Is the Historic Sylvia

10 Oct 2020, 06:19 UTC / Eco Sightseeing and El & Marinteknik announce Sylvia conversion, a 1943 boat that will ferry passengers for 14 hours on a single charge

 
This E-VTOL Looks Like Tesla and Area 51 Worked Together with Alien Technology
This E-VTOL Looks Like Tesla and Area 51 Worked Together with Alien Technology

9 Oct 2020, 16:47 UTC / A British industrial designer developed this e-VTOL over the course of three years. The Tesla sigil gives us some idea as to how it all works.

 
2021 Tesla Model S Rendering Gets the Light Touch Right, Probably Not Much Else
2021 Tesla Model S Rendering Gets the Light Touch Right, Probably Not Much Else

9 Oct 2020, 15:28 UTC / The Tesla Model S Plaid Musk confirmed during Battery Day is still over a year away, but will it bring any major design changes when it eventually launches?

 
Tesla Giga Texas Will Make Cybertruck Batteries Too
Tesla Giga Texas Will Make Cybertruck Batteries Too

9 Oct 2020, 14:36 UTC / According to documents filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Giga Texas is where the battery cells will be made alongside the Cybertruck

 
Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Autopilot Beats Waymo’s Driverless Cars, Gets Trolled
Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Autopilot Beats Waymo’s Driverless Cars, Gets Trolled

9 Oct 2020, 13:29 UTC / Waymo announces robo-taxis are available in Phoenix, Arizona, but Elon Musk isn’t impressed. Waymo CEO reminds him what “driverless” means

 
Elon Musk Still Wants Robotic Snakes Charging Up Your Tesla
Elon Musk Still Wants Robotic Snakes Charging Up Your Tesla

9 Oct 2020, 11:21 UTC / If given the choice between plugging the cable yourself or sitting back and watching a robo-snake plug itself into the port, you'd go for the latter too

 
Tesla Model Y Embarks on 1,400-Mile Camper Adventure Out of Supercharger Reach
Tesla Model Y Embarks on 1,400-Mile Camper Adventure Out of Supercharger Reach

9 Oct 2020, 10:05 UTC / Electric vehicles aren't exactly famous for towing, so it was a bold move from this up and coming YouTuber to get "off-grid" from Supercharger network

 
Butt-Dialing a Tesla Upgrade Still Possible, Still Very Expensive
Butt-Dialing a Tesla Upgrade Still Possible, Still Very Expensive

9 Oct 2020, 07:55 UTC / Model 3 owner says he accidentally butt-dialed an Autopilot upgrade on September 24, has been waiting for a refund ever since

 
2021 Tesla Model 3 Features Power Trunk Lid, Redesigned Center Console
2021 Tesla Model 3 Features Power Trunk Lid, Redesigned Center Console

9 Oct 2020, 06:15 UTC / Tesla is preparing to roll out an enhanced Model 3 for the 2021 model year, but we still don't know if it'll feature an Octovalve and heat pump

 
Off-Road Prepped Tesla Model Y Performance Goes for a Track Lap. In the Wet
Off-Road Prepped Tesla Model Y Performance Goes for a Track Lap. In the Wet

8 Oct 2020, 18:52 UTC / Some laps are done for the quickest possible time, and others are done simply for fun. We'll let you decide which of the two categories this one falls in

 
This Tesla-Branded Roadster Rendering Comes Straight from the Streets of Brazil
This Tesla-Branded Roadster Rendering Comes Straight from the Streets of Brazil

8 Oct 2020, 17:35 UTC / This concept design is nothing like any Tesla before. Maybe just the hood looks a little Roadster-like. The rest is pure imagination from Vinícius Buch

 
Giga Berlin Will Make Tesla Model Y With 4680 Cells, Structural Battery Pack
Giga Berlin Will Make Tesla Model Y With 4680 Cells, Structural Battery Pack

8 Oct 2020, 14:33 UTC / Tesla's new factory in Germany is where the EV manufacturer will roll out new technologies that will be adopted by Fremont and Shanghai by 2023

 
Firenze Lanciare, the Flying Tesla Hypercar That Will Redefine Personal Mobility
Firenze Lanciare, the Flying Tesla Hypercar That Will Redefine Personal Mobility

8 Oct 2020, 12:13 UTC / Designed by Greg Brown, Firenze would be powered by Tesla on the ground, a pair of jet turbines in the air, and be comfortable and luxurious like a hypercar

 
Leaked Tesla Email: Elon Musk Hopes 2020 Production Will Exceed 500,000 EVs
Leaked Tesla Email: Elon Musk Hopes 2020 Production Will Exceed 500,000 EVs

8 Oct 2020, 11:54 UTC / Despite the lockdowns and supplier issues of the ongoing health crisis, Elon Musk is gunning for a total production of 500,000 vehicles by the end of the year

 
Widebody Tesla Model S Proudly Wears Asymmetric Concave Vertini Alloys
Widebody Tesla Model S Proudly Wears Asymmetric Concave Vertini Alloys

8 Oct 2020, 07:16 UTC / This all-electric machine could easily pass as a stealth machine for the road, silently passing unsuspecting onlookers and then stunning them with the looks