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There are many that have been to as upstarts over the years, but in the of Tesla Motors, the descriptor is apt. Founded in 2003, and after Nikolas Tesla, the engineer, inventor and electrical whose patents included the motor and alternating-current power this small Silicon company launched with a big and a bigger mission. They going to build an electric car not only wouldn’t make feel as if they were punished, but would also promote non-gasoline powered cars .

They succeeded, roughly years later, when the Tesla Roadster was introduced to the in July, 2006, just a few after the 150th anniversary of namesake’s birth, and during the designated by UNESCO (the Nations Educational, Scientific, and Organization) as the year of Nikola

The Tesla Motors team is led by Drori, who brought more thirty years of entrepreneurial and experience with both the and high tech industries him to this new endeavor. His career include the founding of Monolithic another Silicon Valley which specialized in semiconductors AMD eventually bought it. Later, he was in taking automobile security Clifford Electronics, from a to a valuable commodity that was by Allstate Insurance.

Drori is joined by chief officer JB Straubel, and vice in charge of vehicle integration Powell.

Straubel began his by tinkering with old golf when he was a boy. He oversees the and engineering design of the Tesla vehicles, with a special on the power systems and software, and he manages systems testing and is the voice of the company when with vendors.

Powell comes to Tesla England by way of Westland Helicopters and of Europe where he was part of the Engineering Division that fun new cars. as well as his own consultancy and a position with Group

The real star of Tesla however, is its car, the Roadster. The originally planned for a late release was pushed back to 2008 (though the very production model was given to its new on February 1, 2008), because of with the transmission, which subsequently resolved.

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What’s so special about the Roadster? It’s the first electric performance car to be put into Not only does it have a inspired body style of the boxy profile so often with electric vehicles, but the model can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in than four seconds, can go than 200 miles between

And, if measured in terms of equivalents, would have a efficiency of 135 mpg.

Because Motor’s limits its production to a few units, the cars must be And, along with car style and features, the Roadster with a hefty price, but the says that was intentional. It to use the performance car as the developing tool for mass-market-friendly vehicle down the

The Tesla mission is to combine performance and environmental protection, and the website stresses its commitment to away from fossil Electricity, it points out, is to use, and costs considerably than any other fuel

Call them carmakers cause, or just refer to as upstarts. Either way, Motors has already changed the of the automotive industry, and will continue to do so.

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