I may be biased, but personally, I love Tesla.
And think it’s the best electric car company out there. The cars are beautiful and it’s a very eccentric company, to say the least. Who sends one of their cars to space, and pays homage to the 1987 comedy Space Balls, with Ludicrous Speed Mode? These may be insignificant Tesla facts to some, but others appreciate it (ahem, my fellow nerds). Tesla‘s innovation and technological advancements have been astonishing and highly impressive to not just the automotive industry, but the world.
Tesla Facts Give This Innovative Car Personality and Spirit
There are so many interesting things about this car company. Whether it’s facts about the car, or fun facts about Elon Musk, it’s all very interesting. Yes, we can talk about the specs of the car and why you should get a Tesla over any other luxury electric car, but there is something so different about Tesla. They are eccentric and quirky. They make nerdy references which some appreciate more than others. Tesla, arguably, goes above and beyond what any other car manufacturer does. The following are a few fun facts about Tesla.
1. Tesla Wants to Improve the World, So All Its Patents are Open Source
According to the Tesla Blog Post published in 2014 by Elon Musk, Tesla patents are open source. Basically, they are free to use by other car manufacturers. Musk believes that applying this philosophy will strengthen the Tesla brand, rather than diminish its technological advancement. Their mission statement says it all. “Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”
2. Innovation Extends into Space … With SpaceX
Elon Musk sent a Tesla into space! In February of 2018, Elon Musk launched a cherry red Tesla roadster into orbit, with a “dummy” aka Starman, in the driver’s seat. What some people may not know, is that SpaceX was founded way back in 2002. It accomplished a major feat in 2010 when they were “the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low Earth Orbit.” When Elon Musk was asked about launching a Tesla into space he said: “Well, I think it looks so ridiculous and impossible and you can tell it’s real because it looks so fake.” This photo was taken from a YouTube video which is definitely worth the watch if you’re interested in knowing more about SpaceX.
Watch a Tesla Model 3 vs. Volvo S60 side-pole impact test pic.twitter.com/dXBQkstrdo
— Tesla (@Tesla) July 29, 2017
3. Tesla’s Commitment to Safety Is #1
Safety is a must in any car, but for Tesla to make claims on it being the safest, that needed to be proven. Elon Musk even said during a speech in Fremont, California (2017) that the Volvo S60 is arguably the second safest car and that the Model 3 takes first place. Then, Tesla shared crash test results via Twitter (above) and a video of the crash test that Elon made his claim from.
4. This is an Affordable Luxury Electric Car
The 2019 Tesla Model 3 is starting at $32,815. This may not be affordable for some, but as luxury cars go, it’s pretty affordable. And, when compared to other luxury electric cars, it carries the lowest price. And while the starting price is not too steep, customers can add options that increase the value of the car, including the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot equipment. The available driving range starts at 240 miles for the standard range battery and goes up to 310 miles for the long-range battery.
5. Inspired by a True Innovator, Nikola Tesla
Tesla is named after the legendary Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla was a Siberian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and innovator. He is best known for his contributions to the design of our modern-day AC (alternating current) electrical system. So naming a sustainable electric company after him makes perfect sense. I truly do believe, that if Nikola Tesla were alive today, he would be certainly be honored.
6. You Don’t Just Buy a Tesla. You Custom Order It
You can’t just walk into a dealership and buy a Tesla. This is a common Tesla fact, however, if you didn’t know, you’re welcome. For one to purchase a Tesla, you have to preorder one. You start with the Design Studio and create a Tesla that fits your wants/needs, and they custom build each one at their factory in California. Once your Tesla is built, it is shipped to the nearest service center for pickup. The great part is if the nearest service center is 160+ miles away, your vehicle can be shipped directly to your home or business. In order to complete the process, you’ll have to complete a contract and make a $2,500 order payment.
7. It’s a Techie’s Delight
For all the techies out there, Tesla has built the largest touch screen interface panel inside of a car. It measures at a whopping 17 inches. The dashboard is also all digital. How cool is that?
8. We Know About Ludicrous Mode, but Do you Know About Celebration Mode?
If you watch the video (above) from The Grand Tour (one of my favorite car shows ever, besides the original –Top Gear), Jeremy Clarkson races in a Tesla. The very end shows what Celebration Mode is. It is definitely a humorous and obnoxious way to celebrate a notorious win as Clarkson did in this episode of The Grand Tour.
Are You Convinced?
When Tesla was first introduced, I couldn’t believe that an electric car could be as fast or let alone as fun as a good old fashioned manual car. However, I’ve seen that having an open mind about the advances in technology and cars, I would not be disappointed. In my opinion, Tesla is “perfectenschlag” as Dwight Schrute would say, or for me, “Herfectenschlag:” Perfect for any girl who wants a great, and innovative, car.