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The Tesla Quiz: How Much Do You Know About This Elon Musk-Backed EV Maker?

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Jul 29, 2020 11:52 AM 5 min play


How much do you know about Tesla? No, not the scientist, but the revolutionary electric car-maker.

Tesla was founded in 2003 (then called Tesla Motors) by a group of American entrepreneurs who wanted to prove that one didn’t have to compromise to drive clean and green electric vehicles. They can be as much as fast, perhaps even quicker.

Named after the Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, the revolutionary car maker today not only builds all-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. In fact, the automaker’s electric car patents are open for anyone to use - providing a critical impetus to others to adopt a sustainable way of commute. 

With their magnanimous aspirations, all models of Tesla have caught the attention of media, investors and car-enthusiasts alike - be it Roadster, Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, Tesla Semi or even its Cybertruck. Sadly however, it has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits and controversies over the years, many on account of its eccentric CEO Elon Musk. Well, there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to these lawsuits and controversies here. Need we say any more?

As we eagerly await its launch in India, in this week's Quiz Knock, we see how closely you have followed this electric vehicle maker. Here's a teaser before you get started:

1) Founded as Tesla Motors, Tesla was incorporated on July 1st, 2003 by __________  and ____________. 

2) Launched in 2008, which was Tesla's first ever model?

3) Tesla is the _____ oldest publicly listed automaker in the US.

4) Tesla filed a libel lawsuit against popular TV show Top Gear when the latter gave a negative review to the ________.

5) CEO Elon Musk and the automaker have been discussing a massive electric car production facility that is so automated, it resembles the extraterrestrial machines depicted in pop culture. What is this facility usually referred to as?

6) Which German automaker acquired a 10% stake in Tesla in 2010?

7) Which was Tesla’s first ever acquisition?

8) In 2018, Musk announced his plans to take Tesla private. He said that he was in talks with _____________'s sovereign wealth fund to finance the massive deal, which some estimate could cost as much as $50bn.

9) Tesla was one of the five most shorted stocks in July in the US market. In fact, it has by far been the largest short position of any US equity at nearly $16.3bn, up by roughly $3bn in the last two months. Which are the other four?

FIN.

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