Tesla Motors, Inc.
is a Silicon Valley
-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric vehicles
(EVs) and electric vehicle powertrain
components. It is currently the only automaker
building and selling a zero-emission sports car, the Tesla Roadster, in serial production (as opposed to prototype or evaluation series production).
Tesla Motors is named after electrical engineer
and physicist Nikola Tesla
. The Tesla Roadster uses an AC motor descended directly from Tesla's original 1882 design, which he said came to him in a feverish hallucination
due to exhaustion when he was working as an engineer and inventor in Austria-Hungary
The Tesla Roadster
, the company's first vehicle, is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery
cells and the first production EV with a range greater than per charge. The base model accelerates 0–
in 3.9 seconds and, according to Tesla Motor's environmental analysis, is twice as energy efficient as the Toyota......