Tesla Timeline

Tesla Timeline

Despite having to fight numerous lawsuits, countless naysayers and obstacles, uphill battles for direct sales, Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have not only survived and proved the naysayers wrong... but have thrived. Following is a short-list of accomplishments of this amazing Leader and Company.

Steve Jurvetson: I was at a lunch at a Google event, and out of the blue, with no expectation this would be a topic Google founder Larry Page turned to me, knowing a little bit about our connection, said, "You know, how much money do I have in you?" He mentioned a number, and I thought that was cute, um, that he was trying to recall that. He goes "You know, if I were to get hit by a bus today, I should leave all of it to Elon Musk." And I think he looks at you with a bit of envy. Because what he then proceeded to say was "You know, I could.. give my money to a non-profit and a lot less will get done than a corporation that's pursuing things that are directly aligned with things I care about." Like, getting off of oil and colonizing other planets. He believes in those missions. And thinks, that a corporation, endowed with a right to do that as its business purpose is the best vehicle out there. And he wishes he could do more of that in his own life. What could Elon achieve in his lifetime if Larry Page donated a large portion of his wealth to Elon upon his death? (video)

Tesla Timeline
   (140 line items)

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      Tesla Motors Total Revenues vs. Total Cost of Revenues per Quarter
      (Data starting Q2 2012 when Model S deliveries begin - 06/22/2012)

      Tesla Motors Total Vehicles Delivered per Quarter
      (Data starting Q2 2012 when Model S deliveries begin - 06/22/2012)

      Data: 2012: Q2 Q3 Q4 2013: Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2014: Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2015: Q1

  • 09/24/2012 Tesla Motors Launches Revolutionary Supercharger Network (North America: 6)
  • 04/22/2014 Tesla Motors opens 100th Supercharger Station (North America: 86)
  • 09/25/2014 Tesla Motors opens 200th Supercharger Station (North America: 114)
  • 12/16/2014 Tesla Motors opens 300th Supercharger Station (North America: 140)
  • 03/11/2015 Tesla Motors opens 400th Supercharger Station (North America: 188)

One award Tesla Motors never earned:

Some early Investors & Partners: Google co-founders Sergey Brin & Larry Page, eBay President Jeff Skoll, Hyatt heir Nick Pritzker, Compass Technology Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Capricorn Management, Bay Area Equity Fund, Daimler AG, SDL Ventures, Toyota, Panasonic.

If I've overlooked any milestones/awards/honors/etc please reply here and I'll update this list of impressive Tesla Motors accomplishments.

© 2015

JZ13 | March 11, 2014

Great compilation ccbldg!!!! I believe the CR 99/100 test results came the day after the Q1 earnings call in May 2013. Also, wasn't the MT COTY in November of 2012?

ccbldg | March 11, 2014

JZ: Thanks, updated, I was using magazine publication month

ghillair | March 11, 2014

You have first model S delivery as 6/22/11. Should that not be 2012????. Also several of the other 2011, I think should be 2012.

Otherwise great list.

ccbldg | March 11, 2014

ghillair: Thank you multiple typos in 11, fixed!

Brian H | March 11, 2014

Maybe we should start a death-watch tally:
# of auto dealers TM has put out of business: 0, and counting.

Captain_Zap | March 11, 2014

It was the first unanimous MT COTY vote in history.

judimasters | March 11, 2014

@ccbldg You missed a very important one.
July 21st 2013 Judi took delivery of her very first luxury car.

EE_Student@WA-USA | March 11, 2014

I'm assuming the type 4th from the bottom is not intentional...

It reads:

02/22/14 Fast Company names Tesla Most Innovative Ccompaniy Overall" and #1 in the Energy

1. Ccompaniy -> Company
2. the " after Overall is a bit confusing

But hey, great list!

I enjoyed looking over the brief yet awesome Tesla history, may they continue to thrive for many centuries.

logicalthinker | March 11, 2014

@Brian, I loved how Elon laughingly commented that "we're trying to get next to the decimal point" (IIRC, he was referring to the next ten years, re: worldwide car sales.)

ccbldg | March 11, 2014

Brian: It will be a slow death but it's coming.

Zap: Added!

Judi: Done! :)

EE: Fixed, thanks.

Mathew98 | March 12, 2014

Great list! Let's plaster this list all over NJ news outlets!!!

ccbldg | March 12, 2014

Added today: 02/25/14 Road and Track: Tesla Model S P85 Best Car Under $100,000, only EV on list

ccbldg | March 15, 2014

bump | March 15, 2014

Is it worth putting our book on the list "Tesla Model S - Best Car Ever!" ? It was released November 20, 2013. It's not exactly an award, so I'll leave it up to you if you want to include it or not.

Also, not sure if you want to cover the actual start of Tesla. Tesla was incorporated in July 2003.

ccbldg | March 15, 2014

Added: 07/01/03, 02/12/04 & 10/15/08

TeslaTap: Also added 11/20/13 (with link)

NKYTA | March 15, 2014

+1 for @Tap | March 16, 2014

@ccbldg: Thanks for the additions. One note- the book is not a hardback, but a softback. See below for more early times.

@TDurden - Do you mean a graphic like:

It's from my book where I have multiple pages on the entire Tesla timeline. It took way too many hours to make each page in Photoshop, as I didn't find any automatic software to do what I wanted for the timelines. Ok, this is the last shameless plug :)

Brian H | March 16, 2014

Don't be ashamed of your shameless plugs. There've been no complaints yet! | March 16, 2014 ---- sweet!

Would be interesting to see a plot of the major events and the market value per share of TSLA on the timeline.

BG121 | March 16, 2014

I may have missed it, but where are the dates for the IPO and govt loan payback? These are major financial accomplishments. | March 16, 2014

IPO: June-2010
DOE Loan payback: May-2013

Cattledog | March 16, 2014

Personal Timeline for 2 Model S Purchases and Model X Reservation

(BTW, posted March 10th, can't be accused of copying - this at least!)

ccbldg | March 17, 2014

BG121: Added today: 06/29/10 Tesla Motors launches its initial public offering on NASDAQ. The IPO raised US$226 million (DOE loan payback was already listed @ 05/22/13) Thanks!

Cattledog: Nice blog & a belated Congratulations!

TDurden: Will work on addition of historical stock prices. Agree that infographic would be nice but not an ideal format for this forum.

ccbldg | March 17, 2014

Historical closing stock prices added for each date. If market was closed on that particular date, next open market day was used.

ccbldg | March 17, 2014

Added: 06/23/09
Added: Icons

wmfoster2001 | March 18, 2014

How about adding the first battery fire and the change in warranty to fully cover the battery.
Both very major events.

For some humour the Model T versus the Model S "race" publication. I really want a Tesla car in future.

I can't imagine ever being able to afford a model s but I'm very keen to see gen3 pricing in Australia.
The biggest issue I see at the moment is the issues with the 12V battery. Such amazing tech should not be dragged down by something so mundane. How about 2 physically smaller 12V batteries in the gen3 with individual monitoring?

Car t man | March 18, 2014

Like the timeline, don't like that it does not list other founders. Timelines begin to look like revisionism lists down the line if relevant info is left
out. Each of the gentlemen involved are contributors large enought, not to
require editing anyone out. My 50 cents..

A great company, some spats, as they often happen, appreciate Elon's capabilities, choices and energy, but also appreciate those who
started the Tesla roadmap, before they began arguing.

I get that this is supposed to be the fluffy version, with the fun googles
having been on, when making it, but it could be more complete. I don't think
it would take anything away from Elon, if it was. Besides, one of the remaining
things he, or others, or hopefully everyone involved in getting the company
up and running, need to do, is to grow up enough, to mend things and give
each other the well deserved credit for what was achieved.

ccbldg | March 18, 2014

wmfoster2001, Car t man: Don't want to bog down with each & every detail, if the list is too long, nobody will read. This list was first about accomplishments & accolades but I also later added (what I felt are) milestones.

Lycanthrope P85 | March 18, 2014

21/11/2013: Elon Musk Named Businessperson of the Year by 'Fortune'

ccbldg | March 18, 2014

Lycanthrope: Good one! added, thanks

Lycanthrope P85 | March 18, 2014

Typo: "11/21/12 Elon Musk Elon Musk Named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune Magazine $122.10"

ccbldg | March 19, 2014

Added: 11/26/07 Inc. Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007: Elon Musk

Added: 10/01/08 Esquire Magazine: Elon Musk 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century

Added: 04/29/10 Time Magazine names Elon Musk in Top 100 People Who Most Affect Our World

ccbldg | March 21, 2014

Added: 10/09/13 Stanford GSB 2013 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

ccbldg | March 21, 2014

Added: 02/25/13 Road & Track "most important car America has made in an entire lifetime."

Added: Video link to Larry Page comments

holidayday | March 21, 2014

Great list!

I see it took 3 years from Model S unveiling to production, and now Model X is seeing a similar timeline.

ccbldg | March 24, 2014

Added: 08/30/12 Elon Musk awarded Environmental Media Corporate Responsibility Award

nickjhowe | March 25, 2014

Excellent list!!

ccbldg | March 28, 2014

Added: 03/28/14 NHTSA concludes safety study, result: no defect in Model S

Added: 03/28/14 Tesla to add titanium shielding to keep Model S safest, best car on earth

Brian H | March 28, 2014

Not just on Earth. Probably on the nearest dozen inhabited planets, too!

ccbldg | April 3, 2014

Added: 04/03/14 Model S becomes best selling car in Norwegian history ICE included!

ccbldg | April 7, 2014

Added: 11/14/12 PopSci 25th Annual Best of What's New Grand Award Winner

ccbldg | April 8, 2014

Added: 04/04/14 Top Gear deems Model S “most important car” it ever tested

Brian H | April 8, 2014

AFAIK, this is not the TV show, but a magazine of the same name. If so, you should make that clear.

ccbldg | April 21, 2014

Added: 04/21/14 Edmunds names Model S 2014 Most Popular Premium Luxury Cars

ccbldg | April 21, 2014

Added: 04/21/14 China devileries begin as Tesla announces China factory in 3-4 years

TeoTeslaFan | April 21, 2014


In 22 April 2011 the documentary 'Revenge of the Electric Car' directed by Chris Paine, who also directed the 2006 documentary "Who killed the Electric Car' was released. A big part of the documentary is based on Tesla cars. The documentary won the Environmental Media Awards in the USA in 2011.


In 28 January 2013 The National Geographic Channel Megafactories documentary series have aired a 45 min look inside the Tesla Model S factory in Fremont, California.

ccbldg | April 21, 2014

Teo, thanks but would like to keep more specific to Tesla Motors or Model S... milestones, accomplishments, accolades, etc.

TeoTeslaFan | April 21, 2014

No worries mate. You are doing a good job.

ccbldg | April 21, 2014

Teo, thank you & if you find others not mentioned, please let me know!