What Tesla has achieved in its sixteen short years is nothing short of astonishing. From a single model start-up in the Californian desert to one the world’s leading suppliers of all-electric vehicles, its meteoric rise and a rapid expansion is utterly without precedent.

Tesla’s visionary figurehead, Elon Musk, has plotted a bold course through the tricky technical and legislative terrain of passenger car development, often making what appear to be unachievable promises, before duly delivering to the surprise and quiet consternation of legacy manufacturers around the world.

The company has even begun to diversify now, selling solar panels and domestic energy storage solutions alongside its well-publicised and very real venture into private space travel.