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Some reasons behind the growth include new regulations on safety and vehicle emissions, technological advances, and shifting customer needs and expectations. In the Beginning Tesla took a unique approach to getting its first vehicle in the market.
Instead of trying to build a relatively affordable car that it could mass produce and market, it took the opposite approach, focusing instead of creating a compelling car. Our first product was going to be expensive no matter what it looked like, so we decided to build a sports car, as that seemed like it had the best chance of being competitive with its gasoline alternatives.
The company sold approximately 2, Roadsters before ending production in January Tesla's business model is based on a three-pronged approach to selling, servicing, and charging its electric vehicles. Unlike other car manufacturers who sell through franchised dealerships, Tesla uses direct sales.
It has created an international network of company-owned showrooms and galleries, mostly in prominent urban centers around the world.
By owning the sales channel, Tesla believes it can gain an advantage in the speed of its product development. But more importantly, it also creates a better customer buying experience.
Unlike car dealerships, Tesla showrooms have no conflict of interest. Also, customers only deal with Tesla-employed sales and service staff. Tesla has also made use of Internet sales—consumers can customize and purchase a Tesla online.
Tesla has combined many sales centers with service centers. They believe that opening a service center in a new area corresponds with increased customer demand.
Customers can charge or service their vehicles at the service centers or the Service Plus locations. Also, in certain areas, Tesla employs what it calls Tesla Rangers — mobile technicians who can service vehicles from your house.
Sometimes, no onsite technician is required at all. Tesla has created its own network of Supercharger stations, places where drivers can fully charge their Tesla vehicles in about 30 minutes for free. The premise behind building and owning these stations is to speed up the rate of adoption for electric cars.
Without the ability to charge on the go similar to the concept of getting gasoline while drivingelectric cars face a huge obstacle to mass adoption. Tesla will continue adding to the network of Supercharger stations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In Aprilit also introduced a line of home batteries, called the Powerwall, that serve as energy storage systems in homes or businesses. They are meant to connect with a solar energy system and can be used as backup power when power is interrupted or when peak demand is high.
Along with its three-pronged business model, Tesla offers financial servicessimilar to that of other car manufacturers, like General Motors Co GM. This includes standard loans and leases. For some of the loan programs, it has a resale value guarantee provision.
Vehicles Tesla entered the market with the sporty Roadster. When it introduced the sedan, called the Model S, in Juneit had stopped producing the Roadster.
The first Model 3 deliveries kicked off in December The new Roadster isn't expected to release until Tesla's biggest moment was the unveiling of their fully electric Semi-Truck. Production on the Semi is expected to begin in The Bottom Line Tesla did not invent the electric car or even the luxury electric car.
What Tesla did invent was a successful business model for bringing compelling electric cars to the market. Part of the strategy was building a network of charging stations to solve one of the greatest obstacles facing the adoption of electric vehicles — refueling on long trips.
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