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)

07/01/03 Tesla Motors is incorporated July 2003
02/12/04 Elon Musk leads Series A investment round , becomes Chairman
10/05/06 Tessla Motors Receives Prestigious Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics
10/17/06 Tesla Motors Receives Environmental Leadership Award from Global Green USA
05/04/07 Tesla Roadster wins Index Design Award for 2007
09/24/07 Elon Musk: 2007 R&D Innovator of the Year from R&D Magazine
11/26/07 Inc. Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007: Elon Musk
03/17/08 Tesla Motors Begins Regular Production of 2008 Tesla Roadster
10/01/08 Esquire Magazine: Elon Musk 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century
10/15/08 Elon Musk assumes leadership of the company as CEO and product architect
03/26/09 Tesla Model S unveiled!
06/23/09 Tesla gets US$465 million loan approval from US Department of Energy
11/17/09 Advertising Age names Tesla one of America’s Hottest Brands
02/17/10 Tesla CEO Elon Musk Receives 2010 Automotive Executive of the Year Innovator
04/29/10 Time Magazine names Elon Musk in Top 100 People Who Most Affect Our World
05/05/10 Elon Musk: 2010 Automotive Executive of the Year
06/29/10 Tesla Motors TSLA IPO launches at $17/share, raises US$226 million $23.89
10/27/10 Tesla Motors Opens Tesla Factory – Home of the Model S $21.00
02/14/11 Forbes Magazine: Elon Musk America's 20 Most Powerful CEOs $23.08
04/13/11 Tesla Reinvents the Car Buying Experience $25.58
06/23/11 Wins Three Stevie Awards in 9th Annual American Business Awards $27.71
10/28/11 Elon Musk named Innovator of the Year in Technology by WSJ. Magazine $29.87
02/09/12 Tesla Unveils Model X $32.58
06/22/12 Model S deliveries begin $33.79
08/30/12 Elon Musk awarded Environmental Media Corporate Responsibility Award $28.41
09/24/12 Launches Revolutionary Supercharger Network for Long Distance Driving $30.66
10/31/12 The 2013 Yahoo! Autos Car of the Year $28.13
10/31/12 Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year 2012 $28.13
11/01/12 2013 Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year $29.25
11/12/12 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, 1st unanimous vote in MT history $31.07
11/14/12 PopSci 25th Annual Best of What's New Grand Award Winner $31.38
11/19/12 CNET Tech Car of the Year for 2012 $34.61
11/20/12 The Telegraph deems Model S: Car of the Future $27.85
11/21/12 2012 Swedish Renewable Energy Award $32.47
12/10/12 Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2013 $31.10
12/12/12 2013 Reader’s Choice Car of the Year $31.49
12/21/12 Model S wins 2012 Best Auto Tech from Popular Science $34.00
02/14/13 Canada's 2013 ecoENERGY for Vehicles Awards $38.27
02/25/13 Road & Track "most important car America has made in an entire lifetime." $34.43
03/04/13 New York Intl Auto Show World Green Car 2013 $35.58
04/26/13 Creating the World’s Best Service and Warranty Program $51.20
05/09/13 Consumer Reports' best car ever tested rated 99/100 $69.40
05/12/13 Tesla Model S: The most stylish car in Switzerland $87.80
05/15/13 Best-Selling Luxury Car $84.84
05/22/13 Tesla Repays Department of Energy Loan Nine Years Early $87.24
05/23/13 Business Efficiency Award for Waste Reduction Excellence in Mfg $92.73
05/30/13 Tesla Motors wins StopWaste Award $104.95
06/13/13 Tesla Motors Receives Coveted Innovation Award $98.18
07/13/13 Tesla-S wins 2013 BC2BC West Coast EV Rally Race $127.26
07/16/13 Tesla Aims to Charge Electric Cars in Five Minutes $109.05
07/21/13 Judi Masters takes delivery of her very first luxury car. $122.43
08/07/13 The first delivery of a Model S to a retail customer in Europe $134.23
08/19/13 NHTSA Best Safety Rating of Any Car Ever Tested $144.90
08/20/13 RHD models for UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan to ship Q2 2014 $149.58
08/22/13 Tesla Motors Opens Assembly Plant In Tilburg, Netherlands $157.10
10/09/13 Stanford GSB 2013 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year $172.60
11/14/13 Elon Musk named CEO of the Year by MarketWatch $137.60
11/19/13 Model S: Car of the Year 2014 in Norway $126.09
11/20/13 New book honoring Tesla Model S – Best Car Ever! published in USA $121.11
11/21/13 Elon Musk Named Businessperson of the Year by Fortune Magazine $122.10
12/24/13 Tesla's 2014 Model S Retains Its NHTSA Five-Star U.S. Safety Rating $151.41
01/08/14 AOL Auto Technology Of The Year Award for Supercharger Network $151.28
01/16/14 Detroit News Award: Most Innovative Vehicle $170.97
01/28/14 First Across the US by Supercharger for $0 $178.38
02/10/14 CEO Elon Musk to Receive 2014 Edison Achievement Award $196.56
02/18/14 Media Post Most Loved Car $203.70
02/20/14 Strategic Vision's America's Most Loved Vehicle $209.97
02/22/14 Fast Company: Most Innovative Company Overall, #1 in Energy Sector $217.65
02/25/14 Consumers Report Best Overall Car $248.00
02/25/14 Road and Track: Model S P85 Best Car Under $100,000 (only EV listed) $248.00
02/26/14 Tesla Motors announces plan for battery Gigafactory $253.00
03/03/14 Model S named Eco Car of the Year by The Telegraph $250.56
03/11/14 Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk Wins Encore Award $234.41
03/28/14 NHTSA concludes safety study, result: no defect in Model S $212.37
03/28/14 Tesla to add titanium shielding to keep Model S safest, best car on earth $212.37
04/03/14 Model S becomes best selling car in Norwegian history ICE included! $225.00
04/04/14 Top Gear deems Model S “most important car” it ever tested $215.46
04/07/14 Model S Breaks 28-Year-Old Sales Record in Norway $207.52
04/21/14 Edmunds names Model S 2014 Most Popular Premium Luxury Cars $204.38
04/21/14 China deliveries begin as Tesla announces China factory within 3-4 years $204.38
04/22/14 Tesla Motors opens 100th Supercharger Station $218.64
04/22/14 Tesla Acquires 431,000 Square Foot Facility In Lathrop, California $218.64
04/24/14 Tesla Motors receives support from FTC for direct sales $207.86
05/08/14 Tesla wins Autocar’s new Sturmey Award for Innovation $188.59
05/15/14 Tesla Motors Becomes California’s #1 Automotive Employer $191.56
05/29/14 Aerodynamic Model S Wins The Wind-Tunnel Wars (PDF) $210.24
05/29/14 Tesla Wins 2014 Top/Fastest Green Car from AAA $210.24
06/07/14 First RHD Model S delivered to UK $202.30
06/12/14 To advance sustainable transport, Tesla Motors open sources its patents $203.52
06/13/14 Morgan Stanley: Tesla Motors ‘America’s Most Important Car Company’ $206.42
06/26/14 Tesla Wins International Engine of the Year awards (1st EV!) $235.60
06/30/14 Strategic Vision: Model S Best in Total Quality $240.06
07/03/14 CR: Model S still Highest Rated car ever, 2 years in a row $229.25
07/22/14 Churchill Club: 2013 Game Changer Award $219.58
07/22/14 Tesla idles mfg plant to prep for Model X $219.58
07/25/14 Model 3 to be unveiled 2016, on sale 2017 $223.57
07/26/14 Tesla begins deliveries of RHD Model S to Hong Kong $223.57
07/31/14 Panasonic/Tesla Sign Agreement for Battery Gigafactory $223.30
07/31/14 Tesla Wins Green Hero Honor $223.30
08/15/14 Tesla Motors announces 8 year/infinite miles drive unit warranty $262.01
08/29/14 Tesla joins China Unicom to build 400 charging stations in 120 cities $269.70
09/04/14 Nevada Selected As Official Battery Gigafactory Site $286.04
09/11/14 Elon Musk Named 2014 Top Disrupter by Vanity Fair $280.31
09/18/14 Tesla Motors Model S: Least Stolen vehicle in U.S. $263.82
09/24/14 Business Insider: Elon Musk is the Most Badass CEO In The World $252.14
09/24/14 Business Insider: Elon Musk is Sexiest CEO Alive! $252.14
09/25/14 Tesla Motors opens 200th Supercharger Station $246.95
10/09/14 Tesla Motors worldwide fleet passes half a billion cumulative miles $257.01
10/09/14 Tesla Motors unveils P85D: AWD and AutoPilot $257.01
11/05/14 Tesla Model S earns Europe’s top safety rating $230.97
11/19/14 Car and Driver: Model S 60, one of 2015 10 Best Cars $247.74
12/02/14 Consumers Report: Model S Most Loved Car (video) $231.43
12/12/14 Rated Best Luxury Car Over $80,000 by Drive Australia $207.00
12/16/14 Tesla Motors opens 300th Supercharger Station $197.81
12/18/14 The Telegraph: Car of the Year? No. Best car of past 20 years! $218.26
12/26/14 Roadster efficiency package 40-50% improvement: +400 miles range $227.82
01/13/15 Elon Musk wins top Tesla Spirit Award $204.25
01/27/15 Consumers Report: Tesla #1 for service and repairs $205.98
02/09/15 States: NJ, TX, MI, AZ win Luddite Award for anti-Tesla policies $217.48
02/13/15 Popular Mechanics applauds P85D in Ice and Snow $203.63
02/22/15 Consumers Report: Best Service & Repair $207.34
02/24/15 Consumers Report 2015 Best Overall Car (2nd year) $204.11
02/24/15 P85D One of the best cars in the world. Period. $204.11
02/26/15 Autocar: one of the most remarkable production cars on sale today $203.34
02/27/15 Tesla Model S P85D 5 Star Review from Auto Express (UK) $203.34
02/28/15 Tesla Model S: Car of the Future Already Here The Economist $197.33
03/02/15 Model S 85D and P85D European deliveries begin $197.32
03/02/15 Tesla Motors opens 1st Solar Powered Supercharger... $197.33
03/03/15 Tesla CEO Elon Musk world's most-searched luxury business leader $199.56
03/11/15 Tesla Motors opens 400th Supercharger Station $193.74
03/16/15 Motor Trend P85+ LT review Tesla has accomplished the near-impossible $194.73
03/26/15 Strategic Vision's America's Most Loved Vehicle for 2nd year $190.41
04/03/15 Wall Street Journal: The Future Is Here $203.10
04/08/15 Tesla Motors replaces base Model S with upgraded 70D $207.67
04/20/15 Tesla Wins 2015 Top/Fastest Green Car from AAA $205.27
04/30/15 Tesla Launches Battery Packs for Homes, Businesses, Utilities $226.05
05/07/15 Tesla Motors makes 1st acquisition: Riviera Tool & Die in MI $236.80
05/11/15 Car and Driver deems 2015 Model S 70D Car of the Century $239.49
06/25/15 MIT names Tesla Motors 2015 Smartest Company $268.79
06/26/15 Tesla Motors has Most Loyal Customers, 89% to buy again $267.09

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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:

03/15/08 Zap Battles Tesla Motors for Vaporware Award

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 | 11 mars 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 | 11 mars 2014

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

ghillair | 11 mars 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 | 11 mars 2014

ghillair: Thank you multiple typos in 11, fixed!

Brian H | 11 mars 2014

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

Captain_Zap | 11 mars 2014

It was the first unanimous MT COTY vote in history.

judimasters | 11 mars 2014

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

EE_Student@WA-USA | 11 mars 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 | 11 mars 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 | 11 mars 2014

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

Zap: Added!

Judi: Done! :)

EE: Fixed, thanks.

Mathew98 | 12 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 12 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 15 mars 2014

bump | 15 mars 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 | 15 mars 2014

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

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

NKYTA | 15 mars 2014

+1 for @Tap | 16 mars 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 | 16 mars 2014

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

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

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

Cattledog | 16 mars 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 | 17 mars 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 | 17 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 17 mars 2014

Added: 06/23/09
Added: Icons

wmfoster2001 | 18 mars 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 | 18 mars 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 | 18 mars 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.

david.baird | 18 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 18 mars 2014

Lycanthrope: Good one! added, thanks

david.baird | 18 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 19 mars 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 | 21 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 21 mars 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 | 21 mars 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 | 24 mars 2014

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

nickjhowe | 25 mars 2014

Excellent list!!

ccbldg | 28 mars 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 | 28 mars 2014

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

ccbldg | 3 avril 2014

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

ccbldg | 7 avril 2014

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

ccbldg | 8 avril 2014

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

Brian H | 8 avril 2014

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

ccbldg | 21 avril 2014

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

ccbldg | 21 avril 2014

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

TeoTeslaFan | 21 avril 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 | 21 avril 2014

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

TeoTeslaFan | 21 avril 2014

No worries mate. You are doing a good job.

ccbldg | 21 avril 2014

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