Is Tesla the next big car?

The electric car craze is sweeping the nation and there are much sportier choices nowadays. One choice that is above all others and is gaining popularity is the Tesla brand.

Tesla, which was named after the famous scientist Nikola Tesla, was co-founded in 2003 by Elon Musk who has a contract with NASA to build space shuttles.  When these cars first started hitting the road in 2008, they were one of the very first cars to be all electric. What makes Tesla even more noticeable is that it’s a sports car.  Toss out the Chevy Volt, which is also all electric, and make way for the Tesla.

Tesla’s main website states a group of engineers, “set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome.” Tesla

Just a few of the cars offered by Tesla. Image from Creative Commons.
Just a few of the cars offered by Tesla. Image from Creative Commons.

currently has three models out: Model S, Model X and the most popular Roadster. The Tesla Model S Performance has an 85 kWh battery and goes 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds – not bad for an electric car. This time is comparable to most sport sedan models. The battery range for the Model S is around 125 miles with an engine that puts out 235 hp and 310 pounds of torque.

If you wanted to purchase one of these, you’re looking at a hefty price tag of $62,400-$87,400 (Price according to the Tesla site, but when viewed on Edmunds.com the max price is listed as $94,900). What’s also interesting and different about these cars is the way in which you buy them. You don’t go to a dealership and test drive one; you have to go to a store and order one.

On Tesla’s site you can order and even reserve a car. At present, the Model S Signature is sold out. But there are still many questions about Tesla Motors begging to be answered. Is this the next big car company? Will they have a falling out like GM had? Or is this just the start of a new revolution of electric cars?  Elon Musk has the potential to make his company one of the most innovative on the market if it isn’t already.