Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 in Silicon Valley with the intention of proving that electric cars could be better long-term for consumers and the environment than gasoline-powered cars. The Tesla Roadster was released in 2008 and became the first fully-electric sports car available to the general public. The Roadster was able to travel over 200 miles per full charge of its lithium ion battery. According to Tesla, there are more than 2,400 Roadsters on the road in more than 30 countries.
In 2012, Tesla released the Model S which became the world’s first premium electric sedan. The Model S was able to get 265 miles per charge. Two revisions were released in 2014 that added improved handling and performance: the 85D, which featured a high efficiency motor at the front and rear and the P85D, which paired a high efficiency front motor with a performance rear motor for supercar acceleration. The latter configuration became the fastest four-door production car ever made with a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds.
Tesla is constantly working to improve on the models that are currently on the road today. The 7.0 software version for the Model S introduced Autopilot functionality. Autpilot uses the cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and data collected by the Model S to automatically steer, change lanes and adjust speed. The Model S also has the ability to scan for open parking spots and parallel park itself into one.