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Question of the Day: Will Tesla Motors Lead the Charge Towards Mainstream Electric Cars?

by Stanley Yee on 10.31.2013 10:35

Tesla Motors has certainly come a long way since its founding just ten years ago. In a short period of time, the company has not only built two successful electric cars, but has also built an expanding network of charging stations, and developed advanced technology used by many of the biggest current manufacturers.

In 2008, production of the Tesla Roadster began. The Roadster was an all-electric car built on the Lotus Elise platform. The Tesla Roadster proved to many people that electric cars could not only be usable in most for most all daily driving requirements, but also exciting to drive.

Up until that point, electric cars were typically utilitarian and made compromises for efficiency, or in the case of the GM EV1, not given a full effort from the manufacturer.

After the Roadster, Tesla Motors proved to the masses that electric cars could be the next automotive craze. Companies like Toyota were already building gasoline-hybrid electric cars like the Prius, but virtually none had full-electric programs. One exception was the Nissan Leaf, which suffers from short range and generally bland design.

The Roadster was followed by the Model S, the wildly popular electric sedan. The Model S has been praised for its safety and performance, which at least match the characteristics of many gasoline cars, if not exceeding them.

More recently, Tesla Motors and CEO Elon Musk have been hard at work on their newest projects, the Supercharger and the Model X.

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Superchargers are a network of Tesla-developed charging stations, built for Tesla vehicles. The network runs off of specially developed quick charging systems, which according to Tesla, can charge a Model S up to 20 times faster than traditional charging stations. Tesla recently announced the opening of the West Coast Supercharger Corridor, which Tesla drivers can use to drive their cars from San Diego to Vancouver.

Tesla Supercharger stations which are already established on the West and East coasts are planned to cover almost the entirety of the United States in the next few years.

Up until recently, many have criticized Tesla Motors for their typically high prices. The Roadster was priced upwards of $100,000, while the Model S starts around $50,000, financially catering to the upper-class. Tesla’s plan is to make more affordable models, starting with the Model X. Model X production is slated for late 2014, and it is expected to be the first of numerous more affordable Tesla vehicles.

With Tesla’s long term plans albeit a short delay going as scheduled, other manufacturers will continue to play catch up. Will the California-based company stay ahead of the curve, or will the big money of international automakers like Nissan, Toyota, and General Motors eventually overtake their crown as king of the electric market?

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