Surprising Facts About Tesla That You probably Don't Know

Elon Musk did not start Tesla

The company was founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, although current CEO Elon Musk led the first investment round in February 2004. At that point, he joined the company's board of directors as Chairman.

In May 2009, Eberhard sued Musk for libel and slander, among other grounds. The suit was settled out of court four months later.

In addition to the Model Y, Tesla wants to produce a mini bus and semitruck in the future.

Musk announced in his "Master Plan, Part Deux" that Tesla would build an all-electric semitruck and a driverless electric bus. But we'll have to wait for further details on that front.

The truck, like Tesla's cars currently in production, will be equipped with self-driving hardware, Musk said in an interview with CNBC, according to Electrek. Musk added that a driver would still be necessary for a few years, though.

Musk is a huge fan of placing Easter eggs in Tesla cars, like the one that lets you "drive" down Rainbow Road — like in Mario Kart!

Clicking Autopilot four times in rapid succession will turn the road shown on Tesla's infotainment console into a rainbow. Musk referred to it as a "psychedelic cowbell road."

Musk is clearly a fan of rainbows, because pressing the button on Tesla's charge handle will make the port flash in rainbow colors.

Only six parts on a Tesla Model S need regular replacement

They're the four tires and the two wiper blades. Oh, and service technicians do check the level of the battery and motor coolant occasionally.

Brake pads? Not so much. With the bulk of its stopping done via regenerative braking--turning the electric motor into a generator to recharge the battery pack--the brakes pads on a Tesla last a ridiculously long time.

Without valves, camshafts, connecting rods, a crankshaft, gears, clutches, or any of the other complexities of a car with an engine and a transmission, a battery-electric car needs almost no service.

That worries car mechanics, a lot.

To make automotive history, Tesla must build 800,000 cars

The company has already beaten DeLorean (which built 9,000 cars), Bricklin (2,850), and Tucker (a mere 51) among notable automotive startups of the past half-century. At its current rate, it will have more than 26,000 cars on the world's roads by December 31.

But there's one other startup carmaker it still has to conquer: Kaiser-Frazer, founded just after World War II by famed industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. In its decade of existence, Kaiser built roughly 770,000 cars (and ended up owning Jeep).

It was December 1924 when Walter P. Chrysler founded the company that carried his name; it was the last auto brand founded from scratch in the U.S. by an entrepreneur that's still with us.

If Tesla can exceed Kaiser's total--perhaps by 2020 or so--it will become the highest-production automotive startup in 90 years.

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