What does Tesla mean for the future of clean energy?

July 17, 2020   By Dhoof Mohamed

What does Tesla mean for the future of clean energy?

On June 10, Tesla became the world’s most valuable car company in the world. Shares recently surged past $1,000, doubling since 2019 when the company was just under $500 per share. Initiatives such as volume production of the Tesla semi-truck – in addition to new and existing car models – have seemingly boosted investor confidence. This increase in value has allowed Tesla to join an elite group of companies including Amazon and Google with shares worth more than $1000.

What separates Tesla from other car manufacturers is their emphasis on using clean energy. Since its inception, Tesla has been focused on accelerating the advent of electric transportation. This guidance helped shape virtually every aspect of Tesla’s operations from manufacturing to research and development.

Tesla remains involved in clean energy industry

In 2016, Tesla purchased clean energy provider Solar City for $2.6 billion. SolarCity provides solar energy services for residential and commercial customers around the world. Since its founding in 2006, SolarCity has become one of the largest solar energy providers in the U.S. Partnered with SolarCity, Tesla can provide comprehensive clean energy services ranging from home installations to the latest car models.

In a blog post from 2016, Tesla founder Elon Musk detailed his plans for the future of his company. He stated, “Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive, use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price, use that money to create an affordable, high volume car, and…provide solar power.”

Tesla has made significant strides in this master plan with their production of the Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y. Additionally, the solar power portion has already begun with the acquisition of SolarCity.

Tesla’s rise to the top

Tesla becoming the most valuable automotive company in the world aids the vision of a clean energy future with significant capital. A multi-billion-dollar clean energy automotive company could counteract the impact of other car companies. None of the visions of mass clean energy adoption can be realized without billions of dollars needed to create the infrastructure. With public and financial backing, Tesla has the resources needed to pursue the goal of accelerating clean energy over the next few decades.

In addition to becoming the most valuable automotive company in the world, Tesla has also become the most valuable clean energy company. As of July 1st, 2020, Tesla has a market cap of nearly $210 billion. The second largest clean energy company, NextEra Energy, is valued at $161 billion.

Tesla’s impact on the environment over the next few decades could be astronomical as hundreds of thousands of consumers make the transition to electric cars. This comes from Tesla’s philosophy of exhibiting that clean energy is not only good for the environment, but is required to make better cars.

 

Dhoof Mohamed writes about energy and IT topics for various clients. His academic interests include solar energy initiatives and the future of sustainable energy. His articles have appeared on SiteProNews, ChooseFlorida and the office of the U.S. Embassy. You can reach him at dhoof@dhoofmohamed.com.

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