As a Tesla certified body shop on Long Island, we at Keri Coach know the history of our cars—as well as the background of those who make them (at least the most interesting ones).
Meet Elon Musk
Did you know that not too long ago, Elon Musk, the genius technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, not to mention CEO and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc. (formerly Tesla Motors), used to sleep on a beanbag in his office in Palo Alto and showered at the YMCA! But at 27 years of age, he became a dotcom millionaire. Yet now, as of November 2021, Musk is likely the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of over US$300 billion.
His success and challenges—PayPal, Space X, SolarCity, and Tesla, to name just a few—as well as his fascination with Mars, have been documented in much detail over the past few decades.
Here is an animated rendition of Ashlee Vance’s biography of the entrepreneur, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future:
Whatever one makes of Musk—eccentric genius or vainglorious entrepreneur—his line of electric vehicles deserves a bright spotlight unto itself. Here is the Tesla Timeline:
- 2003—Tesla Motors founded by Martin Eberhard (CEO) and Marc Tarpenning (CFO) in San Carlos, California.
- 2004—Elon Musk invests $30 million and becomes the Chairman of Tesla’s Board of Directors.
- 2006—Tesla showcases the prototype for its first car, the all-electric Roadster.
- 2008—Musk takes possession of a “midnight cherry” Tesla Roadster, and becomes CEO later the same year.
- 2009—Tesla unveils the Model S prototype.
- 2010—Tesla goes public—the first U.S. car maker to go public since Ford in 1956!
- 2011—Tesla introduces the prototype for its Model S sedan.
- 2012—The Model X, the falcon-winged crossover SUV, makes a splash.
- 2014—Musk showcases semi-autonomous driving with panache.
- 2015—Tesla begins shipping its Model X crossover.
- 2016—Tesla unveils the Model 3 sedan, targeted at a mainstream market.
- 2017—Tesla Motors is rechristened Tesla, Inc.
- 2018—Musk launches his personal Roadster into heliocentric orbit, hitching a ride on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket (see the photo at the top of this page).
- 2019—Tesla introduces the Model Y mid-size SUV and the electric Cybertruck.
- 2021—Elon Musk’s electric-car company cruises to No. 100 on the Fortune 500 list.
Unlike other car manufacturers, Tesla is constantly updating and upgrading its operational capabilities. Tesla does not wait for the turn of the year to announce the next big thing (though enhancements may coincide with the arrival of a new year). Going forward, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus will simply be known as “Tesla Model 3 with rear wheel drive.” The other two Model 3 variations—with dual motor all-wheel drive—will carry on as the “Model 3 Long Range” and the “Model 3 Performance,” respectively.
According to an Electrek.com article, Tesla recently announced that it is moving all “standard range” vehicles to Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are cheaper than the Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminum-Oxide (NCA) cells, which will continue to be used in longer-range vehicle. Recent changes appear to have impacted the range of both the Model 3 and Model Y. The Model 3 Long Range is up from 353 to 358 miles (with the 18″ wheel configuration), and the Model Y Long Range ramped up from 326 to 330.
The Model Y will continue to be offered in the Long Range and Performance options. Car gurus are not predicting any salient alterations for 2022—unless, of course, Tesla installs the iconoclastic yoke steering wheel, as it did with the recent Model S/X “refresh.” The yoke steering wheel (which resembles the controls in a cockpit) offers an expansive view over the dashboard and better visibility of the instrument panel. The car horn and turn signals on the yoke steering wheel are touch-operated. According to a Motortrend pros-and-cons review of the Tesla yoke steering wheel, “The yoke’s design keeps your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock (where they should be), and it feels nice.”
As always, as a Tesla Certified Body Shop, Keri Coach stays a step ahead in acquiring all the necessary training, approved tools, and OEM replacement parts with every technological enhancement of Tesla vehicles. The car company mandates the most exacting standards from its Body Shop Network members. Keri Coach technicians undergo thorough schooling and rigorous testing at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California. Our Tesla-approved collision repair specialists are trained and equipped to access and restore all features of your vehicle—from the cool yoke-steering apparatus to the LFP batteries. We have you covered from top to bottom!
According to a February 2021 Business Insider article, Musk claims to be writing a book about Tesla, SpaceX, and the lessons he’s learned in his career. Who knows—maybe the next time you visit our Tesla Certified Body Shop, you may find in the waiting room a copy of Elon Musk’s book!