Tesla was founded in 2003 by engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. In 2004, Elon Musk joined Tesla and led the Series A round of investment. Their primary goal was to commercialize electric vehicles, starting with a premium sports car and then moving to more mainstream vehicles such as sedans and affordable compacts.

From 2004-2007, Tesla worked on designing prototypes for the Tesla Roadster. They produced and sold the Roadsters from 2008-2012. The Roadster was the first highway legal serial production all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles per charge. More recently, this car also became the first production car to be launched into orbit, carried by a Falcon Heavy rocket in a test flight on February 6, 2018.

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In 2012, Tesla introduced the Model S which is a full-sized all-electric five-door luxury liftback. The Model S was the top selling plug-in electric car worldwide in 2015 and 2016, and by the end of 2017 it was the second-most sold electric car in history next to the Nissan Leaf. It has won numerous awards including the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and Automobile magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year.

Tesla Model S

Tesla unveiled the Model 3 in 2016 and production began in mid-2017. This model is a mid-size all-electric four-door sedan and delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 220 miles. The Model 3 was also given the 2018 Design of the Year award by Automobile magazine.

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Cole’s Collision is a Tesla Approved Body Shop. Tesla demands the highest standards from its Approved Body Shop Network through rigorous training and assessment of all the technicians that will work on your vehicle. Their aluminum welding capability is evaluated to ensure all safety-critical welded joints can be guaranteed to meet OEM specifications along with the adhesive and mechanical jointing technology used in the construction of your Tesla vehicle. The repair of your Roadster is also fully supported by the Approved Body Shop network. Trust your Tesla to Cole’s.