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The Next Big Thing - Tesla Motors

18 Jan 2017 5 Comments Author: Tanuj Saraf

 

The Next Big Thing

This title, at times has been used for various tech launches and events. But when I mention this in context of Tesla Motors, it makes sense. Let's find out why.

Henry Ford once said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Likewise, the people of this century wanted more efficient (but still conventionally driven) cars, until of course Tesla showed up.

For the uninitiated, these are cars that open doors for you when they sense you approaching, cars that will drive themselves to meet you at the click of a button, they have sensors all around to void obstructions and yes with the new Autopilot System, they drive themselves too (well at least to a large extent). Though technically what Tesla calls autopilot is broadly a combination of existing technologies namely Automatic Lane Keeping + Automatic Cruise Control + Automatic Parking.

And forget about the fuel bills because Tesla runs on Lithium-ion batteries. In addition to that, Tesla has a network of 795 supercharging stations worldwide where you can charge your car batteries for free (For cars ordered by 15th Jan, 2017).

With the launch of Tesla Model 3 last year, Tesla did for electric cars, what the iPhones did for Smart phones i.e. democratize them and push them from a niche audience into the mainstream.

Don’t mistake yourself to think that Tesla was an accidental success from the pool of companies that try to revolutionize the world. Want to know why?

It is because everything about what Tesla is doing today was released by Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla Motors) 10 years ago. Have a look at the excerpt from his Master Plan 1.

Now moving on, let’s talk about the cars a bit. Shall we?

Currently Tesla offers 2 cars primarily, Model S and Model X and though the Model 3 was officially launched last year, it won’t be available until later this year. You can choose from either of the single or dual motor setup. We have the option to choose for a variety of battery, colours and fancy features options. You can choose from either of the single or dual motor setup.

        

I won’t bore you with the specifications here. If you are a car fanatic, I’m sure you know about them already from the Safety Features to the Touch Screen panel. From Bio-Defense mode to Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity, also Automatic keyless entry works like a charm. And if you aren’t already aware of its specifications; I’m sure the above sentences made you curious enough to check it out.

In the end, I’d just like to conclude by Elon Musk, “If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic - being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago.” So rather than sticking to the ordinary and conventional, go out and innovate.

FootNote: Feel free to comment for further discussions.

 

 

 

Ashok Chhabra Very interesting post ..
Mudit Agrawal Insightful Article.
Tanuj Saraf Tesla has been working really hard to create sustainability a reality. Last Year they merged with Solar City and now they have the means to generate green energy and Tesla Power packs to store them as well. Recently they completely transformed an entire island of American Samoa from 100% diesel to 100% solar powered. Even if we leave these things apart, Tesla cars still are beautifully designed and well crafted. One of the major concerns people had with electric cars in the past was that they couldn't get much acceleration and power out of their cars. But with Model S accelerating from 0-100 kph in a mere 2.7 seconds, I'll have to say that they addressed this issue handsomely and provided people with a power packed Sedan.
Kartik Gupta Completely agree with you Tanuj. Its been a series of brilliant launches from Tesla in current times. Amazing to see Mr. Musk work with such passion towards the goal of futuristic cars and sustainable technology.
Anuj Guglani Undoubtedly .... Tesla has Brilliant tech ... albeit a few bugs here and there .... and yes the contentious issue of the person losing life in a deriverless car... However...the future is well envisaged by Mr Musk ... We cant run EV's on Thermal Power ... else it shall be just shifiting emissions from tailpipe to thermal station chimney tower... We need clean energy to power the EV.... Many countries still fail to understand this !

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