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Animation: The entire history of Tesla in five minutes

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | January 15, 2019

How did Tesla accelerate from zero to 60 m.p.h. in such a short period of time?

This five-minute-long animation is presented in association with Global Energy Metals TSXV:GEMC and it tells you everything you need to know about the history of Tesla, including Elon Musk’s vision for the future of the iconic electric car company.


The video primarily keys in on Tesla’s successes and the setbacks the company has faced along the way—it also shows that Tesla was able to pass Ford in market value just seven years after Tesla’s IPO.

The Rise of Tesla series

The above video is the culmination of Visual Capitalist’s Rise of Tesla series, which also includes three full-length infographics that tell a more in-depth story about the history of Tesla, and what the company aspires to:

1. Tesla’s origin story (view infographic)

  • What was the vision behind the founding of Tesla?

  • Early hurdles faced by the company, including its near-escape from the brink of bankruptcy

  • Elon Musk’s takeover of the company and the dramatic actions taken to keep it alive

  • A timeline showing the development of the Roadster, and why this first car matters

2. Tesla’s journey: How it passed Ford in value (view infographic)

  • The company’s plan to parlay the Roadster’s success into a viable long-term company strategy

  • Introducing the Tesla Model S and Model X

  • How the company would use the Gigafactory concept to bring economies of scale to battery production

  • Other milestones: Powerwall, Autopilot and Tesla’s growing Supercharger network

  • The announcement of the Model 3

3. Elon Musk’s vision for the future of Tesla (view infographic)

  • Detailing Tesla’s ambitions for the future, including how it plans to productize the factory

  • Other vehicles Tesla plans to release, including the Tesla Semi and a future ultra-low-cost model

  • How Tesla plans to combine fully autonomous cars with the future sharing economy

  • Exploding demand for lithium-ion batteries, and why Tesla is planning on building additional Gigafactories
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