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Tesla: 15 Years of Automotive History

A look back at Tesla's lineup of innovation.

Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report was founded in 2003 with the concept of creating electric cars that could rival the feel and excitement of a regular car. It took their team of engineers five years to come out with the first car, named Roadster. This vehicle was limited and not mass produced, it served more as a prototype until they improved upon the technology.

The only problem was, Tesla need funding. So in 2010, the company had their IPO on the NASDAQ. They raised $226.1 million and used this money to start developing a premium sedan.

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However before the sedan was released Tesla updated the original Roadster, and created the Roadster 2.5, which was released in 2011 with limited production. Only 2,400 were sold thanks to the over $100,000 price tag.

Tesla entered the luxury sedan market in 2012 with the Model S. It achieved a perfect 5.0 rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to its website.

Since then, there's been the signature autopilot feature that would become a key feature of all future models. The Model X was released, targeting the luxury SUV market. Then there was the Model 3, the "budget" sedan for the everyday consumer. And, of course, there have been a lot of tweets. 

Watch the video above for a look back at Tesla's lineup of innovation.

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