Published 12 January 2019 |
by Zachary Shahan
12 January 2019 by Zachary Shahan
I was looking for some old information about the Model X on Friday and I came across interesting old news that made me reflect a bit "On Tesla's development. Then I stumbled more. And then more. So I decided to put this piece together on some Tesla flashbacks.
In 2009, an eminent auto journalist bet on Elon Musk $ 1
In 2010, Toyota & Tesla announced that they would join on an 'electric electric car'. Confused? That was the Toyota RAV4 EV, which had Tesla interior and a Toyota exterior. It was a car much loved by the few people who had one in their garage, but did not see many states, let alone other countries.
In 2011 Tesla expected that it would sell 30,000-35,000 Model S and the X model vehicles combined each year. Tesla now sells 100,000 annually
Also, in 2011, Elon Musk projected that Tesla would show a quarterly profit in 2013. ( Snicker, snicker. ) did.  In 2012, Tesla was very excited because she had secured 500 Model X reservations in 4 days! (Jokes aside). My, how the times have changed!
At the end of 2012, Tesla opened its first two Superchargers on the east coast of the United States.
In January 2013, we found that Tesla had the "Model Y" mark, which would mean that any Tesla vehicle alignment would be SEXY (it was then expected that the Tesla Model 3 would be the Tesla Model E … before Ford prevented it)
Back in 2013, Tesla announced that it would delay the release of Model X almost a year … because Model S was so popular. This is something that has long been forgotten or overlooked, but it was an early sign of Tesla's demand for vehicles to be much larger than almost everyone expected.
A couple of weeks later, Tesla proudly announced that it was producing a whopping 500 Model S sedan a week. Wow! (Ok, I'm having fun now, but that was a big milestone and a multi-year series of milestones like the one that brought us to today, maybe it will not be long before 90,000 Teslas look like a quarter of a fries, and also funny.)
Also in 2013, Elon Musk said that the 4th model of the company (which had not yet been named Model 3) would be published by 2017. Many Tesla critics laughed at him as a ;absurdity. Tesla has actually released the fourth model in 2017.
In addition, in 2013, we began to say that the Tesla Model S was crushing the huge luxury car competition in the United States. Naturally, Tesla's critics and short film statements were that the high demand was just a blip, a short-term thing, and that the question was starting to fall and Tesla would soon be struck. In reality, the Model S has continued to dominate the segment of large luxury cars and continued to hold the first place in 2018 – by a large margin.
In January 2014, I summarized the 13 electric vehicles that came to market that year in the United States and Europe: BMW i3, BMW i8, Tesla Model X, Volkswagen e-Up !, Volkswagen e-Golf, Cadillac ELR, Kia Soul EV, Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric, Porsche Panamera Plug-in S-Hybrid, Nissan e-NV200 and three models Via Motors (which have never arrived on the market consumer). My, how the times have changed!