Speaking in the aftermath of a hard-fought U.S. presidential election, Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, said he thinks the outlook for electric cars will not go backwards, but may advance a bit in the next year or two. In a related comment, the entrepreneur took the opportunity to mention a pet cause, namely federal tax credits for electric vehicles. Musk would like to see the federal share of such credits rise to $10,000, but whether that happens or not, the automaker will be installing fast-charge stations around the U.S. throughout 2013. After his Model S won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award this week, Musk is in demand at media events and automotive gatherings.
For a look back at where it all began, view the following video clip, which features a short profile of the Tesla Roadster’s origins. As the narrator points out, July of 2006 was when the world got its first clue about what was to come, when Tesla Motors announced its plans for the Roadster. A lucky few, the clip’s narrator among them, was invited to the Tesla plant to test drive the car. Considering how far the company has traveled since those early days, it is interesting to note the same feel, the same sense of wonder that all Tesla cars inspire. Just watching the film of a Roadster climbing along mountain roads imparts a sense of what the company is all about.
The Tesla Model X, a crossover vehicle, should see showrooms by sometime in 2014. After that, the company will be building its long-awaited entry for the mid-price range, a $30,000 EV that is yet unnamed. Some have suggested “Model E,” to connote the word “electric,” but also to complement the other two models, the S and the X.
For more information about Tesla Motors, and plenty of gorgeous photographs of the Roadster and Model S electric cars, see the company’s official corporate website: