Do you consider yourself a Tesla fan? Is the Model S P85D your dream car? Do you think you know all there is to know about the world’s best electric car? Then move on, because there’s nothing in this documentary you don’t already know.
For the rest of you who want a quick primer on the rise of Tesla Motors in a quick and easy-to-digest package, check out the video embedded above. It is a (mostly) accurate portrayal of Tesla Motor’s move from niche boutique EV builder to one of the world’s most envied car and technology companies. From Musk’s takeover as CEO in 2008 to this year’s announcement of the Tesla Energy home battery storage system, this documentary covers a lot of ground.
That said, there are a couple of inaccuracies and stretched-truths to look out for. For one, at least two people have died behind the wheel of a Model S, one in a much-publicized high-speed theft, and another when the driver ran his Tesla off a cliff.
I also take issue with the assertion that Tesla is in any way “bigger” than Mitsubishi or the other automakers that the video cites. Yes, it’s stock market cap may be higher than many standard automakers, but in terms of volume, production capabilities, and just about every other measurement of size, Tesla remains a teeny tiny entity. Not that it can’t or won’t grow bigger — I just think it’s important to keep in mind that Ford sells as many trucks in a month as Tesla sold through all of 2014.
With that in mind, enjoy the show!