Tesla's biggest moments of 2017From the world's largest battery to the world's fastest electric car, we're wrapping up 2017 with a look back at the five biggest moments that defined Tesla's year.
[MUSIC] What's up Muskrats? Can I call you Elon super fans Muskrats? It's that time where we look back on 2017 and pick out our five biggest Tesla moments of the year So without further ado, in no particular order, let's kick things off with Gigafactory 1. In January 2017 the massive factory started mass producing battery cells. This was one of the major steps toward Tesla's goal of significantly reducing the cost of the batteries through economies of scale. Considering Tesla is still trying its hardest to hit that half a million Model 3s in 2018 goal, we can consider this on-time activation a win for Gigafactory 1. Speaking of Model 3s, our next big Tesla moment was the official unveil of its production model in July of 2017. Almost sixteen months to the day, Elon announced the Model 3 and opened preorders to the public. We got our first look at the finished product. Deliveries started almost immediately for Tesla employees but it wasn't all champagne and celebration. Bottle necks pushed back everyone else's preorders, including mine. [MUSIC] Perhaps equal to our even more serious than the Model 3's delays, the Model X experienced its fair share of major woes in 2017. Not only did Tesla announce a voluntary recall for about 11,000 Model X SUV's in October, 2017, due to second-row seats that may not Stay in place during a crash, consumer reports downgraded the Model X to one of its ten least reliable cars, which Tesla insisted was out of date compared to improvements it had made in the months between the survey and the announcement [SOUND] Tesla did have some major high points toward the end of 2017 though. Which has at semi rolled out to great fanfare at an event in 2017. An electric semi-trailor truck that gets 300 to 500 miles on a single charge. And theoretically never needs its breaks replaced, so it is pretty appealing to companies like DHL, Titanium Transportation, and UPS. Which all put in orders to test the technology that arrives in a couple of years Lastly, but certainly not least, you know what I'm about to say, yeah, the new Tesla Roadster. Elon Musk's massive one more thing at the semi event was a speed demon he claims will be the quickest car on the planet. The Founder's Edition might cost a quarter million bucks, but what's money when you can blow a quarter mile in less than eight seconds. Maximum [UNKNOWN] indeed. The only thing not quick about the new roadster? It's the slow, agonizing wait until it arrives in 2020. We expect 2018 to be a lot like 2017 for Tesla, full of ups, downs, and big surprises. Drop your favorite Tesla story down in the comments. For Roadshow, I'm Ashley Sceva. Be good humans. [MUSIC]