- 2003: Tesla was founded in California
to make electric vehicles (EVs).
- 2006: Prototype Tesla Roadsters,
based on the Lotus Elise,
debuted at the San Francisco motor show.
- 2008-2012: The Tesla Roadster sports car,
with 185kW motor, a top speed of 212km/hr,
brought excitement to the electric car (EV) -- at a price, us$110K.
The claimed range is 300-400km on a 3.5 hour charge
(70amps @ 240V) of the 53 kW hr battery.
- 2009 March 26
Tesla unveiled prototypes of the Model S sedan EV (see 2012).
RHD Roadsters for the UK.
- 2010 November:
Toyota showed an electric RAV4 EV, in cooperation with Tesla,
at the Los Angeles Auto Show
The Tesla Roadster 2.5 arrived in .au at au$206K+orc.
The Tesla Model S sedan due for delivery.
- 2013, March 31:
Tesla announced that it had turned a 1st quarter profit.
- 2015, September 29:
launched its Model X electric SUV.
- 2017, July:
Deliveries of the Model 3 began in the US,
priced from us$35,000, but ...
- 2019 March:
A base, "standard range" (220mi) Model 3 was
finally announced at us$35,000.
"Long range" (325mi) us$43K.
All sales went on-line (Tesla later backed away from that move).
2019, 15 March:
Tesla revealed details of the Model Y electric, mid-size SUV,
from us$39K (early 2021), top models available late 2020,
230 to 300 mile range.
2020 January 22:
The share market value of Tesla exceeded us$100 billion,
greater than that of Volkswagen
(Toyota is valued at us$230 billion).
Tesla delivered 367,500 cars in 2019
againsts VW's ~11 million.
2020 July 2: Tesla us$209.47 billion, more than