Electric car company Tesla Motors was founded in mid-2003 by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. Current CEO Elon Musk didn’t become involved until the company went out looking for investors.

The company’s first production car, 2008’s Roadster, used the Lotus Elise as its basis. Tesla current vehicle, the Model S, was developed in-house and first rolled out of a factory, purchased from Toyota, in 2012.

Who is Tesla named after?

Tesla is named after the Serbian American scientists Nikola Tesla, who is famed for discovering alternating current. The SI unit for magnetic flux is named after him too.


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