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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.

Here’s the Full Story of That Tesla Model Y Whose Roof Flew Off on the Highway
Here’s the Full Story of That Tesla Model Y Whose Roof Flew Off on the Highway

8 Oct 2020, 04:23 UTC / Nathaniel Chien accompanied his mom and dad to get a new car, had only had it for 2 hours when the glass roof flew off. The story isn’t fake

 
Tesla Model 3 Crowned World's Most Popular EV Based On Google Search Volume Data
Tesla Model 3 Crowned World's Most Popular EV Based On Google Search Volume Data

7 Oct 2020, 17:08 UTC / Three years after the first unit rolled off the line in Fremont, Tesla's small sedan is the most popular EV in the world in terms of Google searches

 
Cyberpunk Tesla Roadster Rendering Keeps Its Wheels Despite Being Able to Fly
Cyberpunk Tesla Roadster Rendering Keeps Its Wheels Despite Being Able to Fly

7 Oct 2020, 16:48 UTC / Tesla's Supercharger stations make their way up on top of skyscrapers in this cyberpunk virtual world where the Roadster learns how to fly

 
Tesla May Resurrect Model Y Standard Range With 4680 Battery Cells
Tesla May Resurrect Model Y Standard Range With 4680 Battery Cells

7 Oct 2020, 13:51 UTC / According to Teslarati, the 4680 battery cells presented during Battery Day may help Tesla reconsider the cancellation of the Model Y Standard Range

 
Tesla's Self-Sustaining Party Yacht - Musk Offered No Input on the Design
Tesla's Self-Sustaining Party Yacht - Musk Offered No Input on the Design

7 Oct 2020, 07:48 UTC / This Tesla brand yacht is supposed to be self-sustaining. Features a unique turbine system that could one day be used to power vessels of this type

 
“FKGAS” Tesla Model 3 Lives On to Shame Gas-Guzzlers, Preach About EVs
“FKGAS” Tesla Model 3 Lives On to Shame Gas-Guzzlers, Preach About EVs

7 Oct 2020, 04:48 UTC / Model 3 owner wins injunction against the DMV after anonymous complaint led to the decision that the already-in-use vanity plate was “offensive”

 
Tesla Employee Busted for “Malicious Sabotage” at Freemont Facility
Tesla Employee Busted for “Malicious Sabotage” at Freemont Facility

7 Oct 2020, 04:05 UTC / VP of Legal sends out internal memo noting a malicious act of sabotage that resulted in the destruction of a Tesla computer, termination of employment

 
Tesla Sales Grow in Germany While Every Other Carmaker Is Struggling This Year
Tesla Sales Grow in Germany While Every Other Carmaker Is Struggling This Year

6 Oct 2020, 19:02 UTC / From January to September 2020, only Tesla posted positive sales results in Germany compared to the same period of 2019.

 
Tesla Model GT-R Is Performance Hatchback Insanity
Tesla Model GT-R Is Performance Hatchback Insanity

6 Oct 2020, 17:35 UTC / We are now here to answer a simple question: why would you place the front end of an R34 Nissan GT-R on a Tesla Model 3, even as a rendering?

 
Top Gear Reviews Tesla Model 3 Against Volvo S60, BMW 3 Series
Top Gear Reviews Tesla Model 3 Against Volvo S60, BMW 3 Series

6 Oct 2020, 14:14 UTC / According to Chris Harris and gang, the Tesla Model 3 is the better choice over the BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60 as a company car

 
Tesla's PR Department Is No More, Carmaker Wants Nothing to Do with the Press
Tesla's PR Department Is No More, Carmaker Wants Nothing to Do with the Press

6 Oct 2020, 14:13 UTC / A recent report confirms something that's been largely apparent for a while now: Tesla has no active PR team anymore and has severed connections with the press

 
The Cyber Camper Makes Sense for the Cybertruck. Almost
The Cyber Camper Makes Sense for the Cybertruck. Almost

6 Oct 2020, 10:36 UTC / Elon Musk is already planning to offer a pop-up tent for the “badass” all-electric pickup truck that could withstand the apocalypse, but what about a camper?

 
Tesla Roadster "Longtail" Is the Hypercar We've Been Expecting
Tesla Roadster "Longtail" Is the Hypercar We've Been Expecting

5 Oct 2020, 15:17 UTC / The pumped-up look shown in this independent rendering can be considered a metaphor for the necessity of Roadster upgrades

 
Tesla Autonomous Transportation Platform and Pods - One Big Party on Wheels
Tesla Autonomous Transportation Platform and Pods - One Big Party on Wheels

5 Oct 2020, 15:06 UTC / This Tesla branded design includes an autonomous platform with modular pods for public, private, and merchandise transportation. No driver's license needed.

 
Jumping Red Light Saves Tesla Model S from Out of Control Green-Eyed G-Body
Jumping Red Light Saves Tesla Model S from Out of Control Green-Eyed G-Body

5 Oct 2020, 15:05 UTC / This shows just how important it can be to know your opponents when you go drag racing because not all vehicles find it as simple to go straight as the others

 
Tesla Hacker Reveals Cabin-Facing Camera Is Tracking Driver’s Eyes, Phone Use
Tesla Hacker Reveals Cabin-Facing Camera Is Tracking Driver’s Eyes, Phone Use

5 Oct 2020, 14:21 UTC / The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y may know more about your driving habits than you expect thanks to the software that governs the cabin-facing camera

 
Watch the $2,000 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor Performance Boost in Action
Watch the $2,000 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor Performance Boost in Action

5 Oct 2020, 14:06 UTC / Tesla offers the possibility of paying the company $2,000 to have an acceleration nerf removed on your dual-motor non-Performance Model Y electric crossover

 
Brand-New Model Y Loses Glass Roof Right After Delivery in New Low for Tesla QC
Brand-New Model Y Loses Glass Roof Right After Delivery in New Low for Tesla QC

5 Oct 2020, 13:20 UTC / Forget about panel gaps, forget about paint defects, and forget about the tailgate grinding against the rest of the body as it closes - this is the real deal

 
Revolt Systems Tesla Model S "Crate Motor" Promises 533 HP
Revolt Systems Tesla Model S "Crate Motor" Promises 533 HP

5 Oct 2020, 12:04 UTC / Instead of a Coyote V8 or a small-block Chevy engine, Revolt Systems is much obliged to sell you a turn-key electric crate motor for your project car

 
World’s First Cyberbike Proves Even Terrible Builds Have Massive Tesla-Appeal
World’s First Cyberbike Proves Even Terrible Builds Have Massive Tesla-Appeal

5 Oct 2020, 10:11 UTC / Casey Neistat got to ride “the world’s first Cyberbike” around Los Angeles and, even though it was a terrible product, people still liked it