5 things you should know about Tesla
Tesla motors has earned its spot as the leading technology innovator, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak betting on them instead of his own company.
Tesla, instead of Apple, will be the next tech moonshot, Wozniak said earlier in an interview with Bloomberg. This is not the first time Wozniak openly asserted such admiration; Last year the Apple genius called Tesla “the biggest disruptor” in the marketplace.
What is the magic behind the luxury automotive brand that impresses Wozniak? Here are five things you should know about Tesla.
1.Their over-achieving CEO Elon Musk
Tech billionaire, member of PayPal mafia, Tesla mastermind, real-life iron man, Mars colonist – Elon Musk has set the bar high for the rest of the human race in life-achievements.
After Musk sold PayPal to eBay in 2002, he netted close to US$180 million at the age of 32. He later founded rocket company SpaceX, solar energy company SolarCity and sailed his way through Tesla by saving the company from bankruptcy with a US$40 million bridge loan in 2008.
Soon Musk might have an even tighter schedule because apparently he is also saving the world now — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Musk privately in March as Musk proclaims he could solve the energy crisis in South Australia within 100 days.
2.Charges a motor faster than an iPhone – Supercharger station
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Tesla has grabbed the headlines with its model S being the world’s quickest road-going car, which accelerates from 0 to 60 mph with mere 2.5 seconds. What’s equally amazing but less reported was the Tesla supercharger station which enables speedy charging of the motor.
A Tesla car can be 50% charged within 20 minutes at the Supercharger station, it is also the world’s fastest charging station that can deliver up to 120 kilowatt to the battery. To fully charge a Tesla take around 75 minutes at the supercharger station, which is way more efficient than the 180 minutes an iPhone 7 needs.
Tesla owners can charge their vehicles at Supercharger station for free. There are 5,000 Supercharger stations worldwide but Tesla is looking to double the number within the next few years. In Hong Kong, there are 17 superchargers locating in Cyberport, Lee Gardens, Pacific Place and more.
3.Life-saving Autopilot feature
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Last year a Missouri Tesla owner Joshua Neally has suffered a pulmonary embolism while driving home from work, Neally checked himself into the hospital emergency room safe and sound thanks to the magical autopilot feature which he activated immediately after the unfortunate incident.
There have been questions about how reliable the autopilot system is, especially after the fatal car crash in Florida in which the driver died while the autopilot mode was active. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) confirmed that Tesla didn’t cause the rider’s death after investigation.
The autopilot system still needs advancement and human oversight at the moment, but US media says the feature “is already saving lives.”
4. Their watermelon-size engine is the magic
Unlike traditional gasoline cars, Tesla motors do not need gigantic engine to support its massive power. Instead, what Tesla uses are small lithium cells, which are broadly used in our laptops, to generate electricity and later converted into power that rotates the wheels.
Because the dual motors are merely a size of a watermelon, it frees up a lot of space in the boot and the trunk of the car. A Tesla model S sedan, which is about the same size of a Mercedes-Benz car, can accommodate up to 7 people with 2 people sitting in the boot.
Tesla visioned to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, with one watermelon-sized engine at a time.
According to US Consumer Reports survey, 91% of Tesla owners state they would “definitely” buy their cars again, giving Tesla the highest rating of any automaker.
And that 91 percent has included a number of Hollywood superstars; even the host of The Late Show Stephen Colbert takes time to openly express his love for Tesla on the show.
“I love my Tesla — it’s so fast, it’s all electric,” said Colbert on his show. Other celebrities such as George Clooney, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman are also fans of the innovative luxurious ride.
Hong Kong drivers will soon get to touch and feel “the car of future”, Tesla will launch its “Drive to Believe” challenge in 6th June, allowing selected drivers to exchange their vehicle for a Tesla for one week!