Why Tesla Is Still Cool

All the good things that Elon Musk's company came up with and did.

Many years ago, Nikola Tesla described the principle of the «butterfly effect», saying that «the action of even the smallest creature leads to changes in the entire universe.» Did he think then that one day a car company named after him would also change the look of an entire industry? We have collected Tesla’s main achievements, which, by the standards of history, are just the beginning of the company’s journey.

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Tesla has become “iconic” in the shortest possible time

Tesla was founded in 2003, and today only preschool children do not know about its existence. In just 15 years, Tesla has managed to create an image of a rapidly developing car company, which is followed with genuine interest by a multi-million army of loyal fans. The closest in terms of loyalty is Apple, but there has never been anything like this in the automotive industry.

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The company has its own patents

As Tesla says, the main task is to make the world a better place. So, the company filed all its patents in 2014.

Tesla will not hold legally liable anyone who uses our technology for good purposes

said Elon Musk. So far, automakers are not so actively looking into Tesla’s manuals, but there are cars that are almost completely built according to the precepts of the American company, e.g. the Chinese Xiaopeng Xpeng.

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New dynamics perception…

Before the release of the Tesla Model S, the fastest sports sedans and station wagons accelerated to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds. But with the advent of the Model S P100D (and then of the Model X P100D), it turned out that this is too much: the reference time should be about three seconds less. In fact, now the Tesla Model S is almost the most dynamic car in the world without being purely sports. This is confirmed by Motor Trend’s annual drag race. What will happen when the new roadster capable of reaching 100 km/h in 2 seconds is released?

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...and standards for an all-electric range

Certainly, no electric vehicle can compare with a low-capacity diesel ICE of some compact German sedan in this respect. Before Tesla, an all-electric range rarely exceeded 200 km. Now, the Model S can pass on a single charge almost 600 km. As the experience of the Italian Tesla club has shown, the Model S P100D can drive 1,078 km at a time; you just need to maintain a low speed, do not turn on air conditioning and do not resort to brakes once again.

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The Model X can even cross the Sahara. However, this will require the use of an external gas generator, which does not quite fit with the ecological concept of the car. But the fact remains: Croats Sasha Tsvetayevich and Oleg Mashtruko covered 8,600 km on their Model X, spending 16 days on the road. The record-breaking race for Tesla was held as part of the Budapest-Bamako marathon.

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Minimalism is back in fashion

When the new BMW Series 7 appeared in the early 2000s, it seemed that it was an example of a minimalist interior, but then Tesla said “hold my beer...”. Physical buttons inside the Model S and Model X can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and the Model 3 almost doesn’t have them. Over time, the fashion for huge touchscreen tablets that replace manual analogues were picked up by Volvo, Land Rover, Porsche — and this is not the whole list.

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Fast charging

The Supercharger stations, which are increasing in number each year, allow you to fully recharge an electric vehicle in about 1.5 hours, which is 7 times more efficient than conventional outlets. During this time, you can have lunch and then continue your journey. Tesla created the infrastructure of charging stations at its own expense, and you can use them for free… if you have a Model S or Model X. But owners of the new Model 3 will have to fork out.

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Autopilot is quite real

Enhanced Autopilot, despite some incidents, has already proved its effectiveness; people drive hundreds or even thousands of kilometers without touching a steering wheel and a gas pedal. There were automatic control systems before, but it is the Tesla autopilot that looks the most perfect today. However, large automobile corporations, realizing that they have overslept the moment a little, are now trying to make up for lost time.

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Gone into space

It seems that the recent launch of the Falcon Heavy was watched by the whole world. Therefore, it can be called the most expensive and coolest car advertising in the world to some extent. The Tesla Roadster was the first production car to be launched into outer space, the first production car in the world to be registered as a spacecraft by NASA, and the first production car in the world to be listed as a satellite in the United States Space Force database. What's next? The new Semi in the service of the first Mars conquerors?

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