The Tesla electric car is emerging as a success with last year’s Model S outselling its nearest competitor the petrol-engined Mercedes S-class, by 30% in America. In addition, the Tesla is actually quicker off the block in acceleration.
The company has recently announced plans to construct a “gigafactory” in the States, which intends to produce lithium-ion power-packs to help assist the success of its vehicles. In an interesting article on The Economist they mention Tesla’s rise to prominence after launching a decade ago by Elon Musk.
Last year Tesla sold around 22,000 cars and high expectation from the company suggests they could soon be making 1,000 a week. During the early part of next year Tesla will add the Model X to their catalogue, which is a medium-sized SUV and while the growth of the company is yet to see any big profits, we have heard reports that some battery fires may have affected their overall growth in 2013.
Some petrol-heads may still remain cynical about Tesla models but they have defied their doubters, which can be seen with the success of the Model S, and although it may not have the desired features of a supercar it does perform well. For a basic version of the Model S, Americans can obtain this for around $64,000, which is a fraction of some supercars on the market.
In other Tesla news, we recently wrote about Tesla admitting to an Apple meeting, but they have kept quiet as speculation arose about a potential buyout with Apple acquiring Tesla. At the time we were unsure whether to believe this could be a possibility and discussed a new addition to the automotive world with the introduction of an iCar being the result of these two companies working together.
This gives us reason to believe many companies are bound to show interest after Tesla’s success, so do you think electric cars will become more prominent over the next ten years?