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Elon Musk posts tweets revealing how Tesla was born

"Few people know that we started Tesla when GM forcibly recalled all electric cars from customers in 2003 & then crushed them in a junkyard”

Tesla is known for its world-famous electric automobiles. It has garnered positive response across the world and is a favorite of car owners

The electric car has become a revolution and a major element in cleaning up the environment, with Indian government focusing on making the country exclusively electronic vehicle based by 2030. But it all started with Tesla which is known for its world-famous electric automobiles. It has garnered positive response across the world and is a favorite of car owners.

But, the company which can be hailed to be the whistleblower of the electronic car market came into being in a weird way. In a series of five tweets, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk revealed how the company came into existence and it is exciting to know the real story behind such a famous automobile manufacturing company.

The tweets read,

“Few people know that we started Tesla when GM forcibly recalled all electric cars from customers in 2003 & then crushed them in a junkyard”

“They [sic] was done against the will of their owners, who held a candlelight vigil all night to protest the death of their cars”

“Since big car companies were killing their EV programs, the only chance was to create an EV company, even tho it was almost certain to fail”

“Nothing to do w govt incentives or making money. Thought 90% prob of losing it all (almost did many times), but it was the only chance.”

“Long way to go, but we’ve convinced most of the auto industry to start EV programs & gave them all our patents to help, so that’s something”

The tweets were an insight into the birth of Tesla which seems more like defiance to their parent company. But, this is not the first time that the incident was reported by someone, in 2005, The Washington Post carried a report which revealed the truth,

“Some 800 drivers once leased EV1s, mostly in California. After the last lease ran out in August, GM reclaimed every one of the cars, donating a few to universities and car museums but crushing many of the rest.

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Enthusiasts discovered a stash of about 77 surviving EV1s behind a GM training center in Burbank and last month decided to take a stand. Mobilized through Internet sites and word of mouth, nearly 100 people pledged $24,000 each for a chance to buy the cars from GM. On Feb. 16 the group set up a street-side outpost of folding chairs that they have staffed ever since in rotating shifts, through long nights and torrential rains, trying to draw attention to their cause.”

However, General Motors stood by their decision claiming that the EV technology had no long-run future with the GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss stating, “There is an extremely passionate, enthusiastic and loyal following for this particular vehicle. There simply weren’t enough of them at any given time to make a viable business proposition for GM to pursue long-term.”

The Tesla came into being, but many major auto manufacturing companies were dicey about the future of EV, and hence were wary of manufacturing them on a large scale. But, with passing time and developing technology, in addition to the increasing and alarming rate of carbon emission by cars, EV came to become a safer choice for the environment.

At this time, when the carbon crisis was a serious issue, Musk and Tesla did something which changed the way EVs were looked at. The patented technology that Tesla used to make the cars was released for use of others and it made a huge difference to the manufacturing market. Musk in 2014, in a blog post wrote how their release of patented technology was aimed at reducing the carbon emission, “Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day. We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.”

While GM stood its ground, Tesla became increasingly popular and devoted their technology in making cars which would benefit everyone.

In a serious turn of events, Tesla overtook GM and became America’s most valuable automaker earlier this year. And so, the story goes that once the company which tried to stop the manufacturing of EVs is now owned by the company which was born to prove them wrong.

 

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