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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 Model S Owner Reports Broken Suspension at High Speed, He’s Not Alone
Tesla Model S Owner Reports Broken Suspension at High Speed, He’s Not Alone

4 Oct 2020, 18:04 UTC / If you own a Model S, you'd better check your suspension system before one of the wishbone breaks at high speed on the highway

 
No Tesla Cybertruck from LEGO, Despite Massive Fan Support
No Tesla Cybertruck from LEGO, Despite Massive Fan Support

4 Oct 2020, 04:29 UTC / The LEGO Review Board decides against making a Cybertruck kit after popular submission on the LEGO Ideas forum: it just wasn’t meant to be

 
Audi e-tron vs Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Tesla Model X
Audi e-tron vs Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes-Benz EQC vs Tesla Model X

3 Oct 2020, 19:49 UTC / The battle of premium electric SUVs has heated up in recent years, with the Tesla Model X no longer being the most obvious choice from every perspective

 
Tesla Buys Battery Assembly Line Manufacturer ATW
Tesla Buys Battery Assembly Line Manufacturer ATW

2 Oct 2020, 19:02 UTC / Elon Musk is a man on a mission based on Tesla's latest acquisition of a German company that supplies battery assembly line know-how to BMW and Daimler

 
Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Will Come to India “Next Year for Sure”
Elon Musk Confirms Tesla Will Come to India “Next Year for Sure”

2 Oct 2020, 13:35 UTC / Although vague, the promise of Tesla coming to India next year should be beneficial to both the American automaker and the Indian subcontinent

 
The Tesla Semi Is the Perfect Luxury RV: The Semi-Home Concept
The Tesla Semi Is the Perfect Luxury RV: The Semi-Home Concept

2 Oct 2020, 13:08 UTC / Vanlifer reimagines the Tesla Semi as a campervan or RV, with sleeping for six, a kitchen, toilet and living space, ideal for long-range adventures

 
Tesla Cars No Longer Need Driver Input to Automatically Go Through Intersections
Tesla Cars No Longer Need Driver Input to Automatically Go Through Intersections

2 Oct 2020, 12:31 UTC / New software update enables the “Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control” in beta version, allowing cars to automatically drive through intersections

 
Tesla Wheels Are Big on the Los Angeles Black Market, Apparently
Tesla Wheels Are Big on the Los Angeles Black Market, Apparently

2 Oct 2020, 11:41 UTC / Besides the ones that got robbed, the other people who will suffer are the honest sellers trying to get rid of their Tesla wheels as no one will buy

 
Tesla Owners Go for New Guinness Record, Fight Human Trafficking in the Process
Tesla Owners Go for New Guinness Record, Fight Human Trafficking in the Process

2 Oct 2020, 11:13 UTC / The Tesla Owners Club of Atlanta aims to take the record for longest parade of Teslas away from China, with donations going directly to non-profit O.U.R.

 
Tesla Rocks August Sales, Model 3 Is Global King After 8 Months
Tesla Rocks August Sales, Model 3 Is Global King After 8 Months

2 Oct 2020, 09:55 UTC / Plug-in vehicles - both BEVs and PHEVs - continue to shine in dire market conditions, of course Tesla's most affordable models take big share of the pie

 
Fill Up a Tesla with Dirt at This New Rally School in California
Fill Up a Tesla with Dirt at This New Rally School in California

1 Oct 2020, 21:01 UTC / If driving over dirt and spending most of the time sideways is your idea of fun, but you also love EVs, then remember this rally school

 
Mercedes-Benz EQS Spied Testing With Porsche Taycan, Is Also a Tesla Fighter
Mercedes-Benz EQS Spied Testing With Porsche Taycan, Is Also a Tesla Fighter

1 Oct 2020, 20:46 UTC / While the Taycan is an amazing sports car that also happens to be an EV, the EQS will probably play the luxury card, which Mercedes is better at

 
Tesla May Buy a Stake in LG Energy Solution, South Korean Sources Suggest
Tesla May Buy a Stake in LG Energy Solution, South Korean Sources Suggest

1 Oct 2020, 18:31 UTC / There's hearsay that Tesla will buy 10 percent of LG Energy Solution, the battery-making division of South Korean juggernaut LG Chem

 
$25,000 Tesla Will Shake EV Segment, Experts Suggest
$25,000 Tesla Will Shake EV Segment, Experts Suggest

1 Oct 2020, 15:56 UTC / If Tesla does deliver on its promise of a $25,000 electric vehicle, you can bet that the rest of the industry won't sit idly on the sideline

 
Tesla Autopilot Is Authoritarian, Gets Slammed by Euro NCAP
Tesla Autopilot Is Authoritarian, Gets Slammed by Euro NCAP

1 Oct 2020, 11:39 UTC / Tesla Model 3 once again slammed by Euro NCAP on account of its inability of keeping the driver engaged while Autopilot is on

 
130 Tesla Semi EV Trucks Will Be Hauling Walmart Stuff Around Canada
130 Tesla Semi EV Trucks Will Be Hauling Walmart Stuff Around Canada

1 Oct 2020, 08:05 UTC / The world's largest company by revenue, according to the Fortune Global 500 list, is trying to quickly fulfill its climate change promises

 
Tesla Software Update 2020.40 Launched, Priority Bluetooth Device Included
Tesla Software Update 2020.40 Launched, Priority Bluetooth Device Included

1 Oct 2020, 07:48 UTC / The carmaker has recently released a new software update for Tesla models, and this time there are two welcome features being added to its cars

 
Add This to the “How Not to Be a Tesla Owner” File: Driver in the Passenger Seat
Add This to the “How Not to Be a Tesla Owner” File: Driver in the Passenger Seat

1 Oct 2020, 04:58 UTC / North Carolina man jumps in the passenger seat, puts his newly-acquired Model X on Autopilot and lets it drive itself on the highway in heavy traffic