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In America, one in every 10 vehicles is likely to be an EV. Electric cars are preferred by many since they run entirely on batteries and are more friendly to the environment when compared to vehicles that use gasoline. Tesla is the most popular EV brand and was co-founded by Elon Musk.

Currently, Musk is the CEO of Tesla and the face behind its many achievements. He is controversially known for his sense of humor, which manifests in some ways that consumers might not even know about. Few people usually understand Musk’s humor, with most of Musk’s followers left in the dark. Here’s one hidden joke behind even the naming of Tesla’s current lineup of cars:

Tesla has many different models 

Tesla’s current lineup consists of several models. The showcase sedan is the Model S. Initially, two trim options were available for the Tesla Model S: the Plaid and the Plaid +. The Plaid trim is able to go for up to 390 miles on a single charge, while the Plaid+ trim can go for up to 520 miles on a single charge. Even so, Electrek reveals that the Plaid+ trim was discontinued since the Plaid trim already meets all the consumer needs.

One of Tesla’s goals has been to make an efficient EV priced at only $35,000, and it almost achieved this goal with the Model 3. The Model 3 was briefly sold at this price before it was raised to $41,990 for a newer version.

Tesla’s Model X comes in second to the Model S regarding how long they have both been in production. The Model X’s refresh will feature two new trims. The dual-motor AWD will have a range of 360 miles and a top speed of 155 mph, and the Model X Plaid trim will have a range of 340 miles and a top speed of 340 mph.

Last is the Tesla Model Y, a crossover electric SUV that is a smaller version of the larger Model X, a mid-size SUV. On a full charge, the current long-range trim can go for 326 miles and has a maximum speed of 135 mph. It takes only 4.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. For the performance trim, 60 mph is reached using only 3.5s. Once charged, it can go up to 303 miles and has a maximum speed of 155 mph.

Do the letters behind the Tesla models have meaning?

Browsing the Tesla Model names while car shopping online at the Tesla website
Shopping for a Tesla online | Chesnot via Getty Images

Elon Musk once made an immature joke about owning the ‘SEXY’ car company. Believe it or not, the models were produced and named according to the acronym ‘SEXY’ or ‘S3XY’, to be more accurate, and it stands for the models S, 3, X, and Y. These four models are currently Tesla’s greatest successes, with some of the longest ranges known in the market.

The name Tesla Model 3 was a smart getaway

In the early production years, the Tesla Model 3 was registered as the ‘Model E’ by Tesla. However, Ford had already claimed the name Model E, so they filed charges against Tesla in 2014 for using their model name. Therefore, Tesla had to change its name, and Musk found an impressive way to do it. He changed the brand name to ‘Model 3’, which became the second EV in his S3XY car collection.

According to CarLogos, the Model 3’s original logo was identified by three horizontal lines arranged on top of each other. In addition to the claims that the logo still looked like the letter ‘E,’ it was also difficult for people to type, so it had to be changed. Currently, the Model 3’s logo is still the number 3, but in Arabic. So, for now, Tesla continues to reign by making high-performance electric vehicles, and there are still more to come.

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