Elon Musk is the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, he oversees all product design, engineering and manufacturing of the company's EVs, battery products, and solar roofs.
The first Tesla product, the Roadster sports car, debuted in 2008, followed by the Model S sedan, which was introduced in 2012, and the Model X SUV, which launched in 2015. Model S was named Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year and received Consumer Reports’ Best Overall Car, while Model X was the first SUV ever to earn 5-star safety ratings in every category and sub-category in the NHTSA’s tests. In 2017, Tesla began deliveries of Model 3, a $35,000 mass-market electric car with over 220 miles of range (curently the best-selling EV in the world), they also unveiled Tesla Semi, which is designed to save owners at least $200,000 over a million miles based on fuel costs alone. The same year, Tesla presented the Roadster 2.0, expected to be the fastest car in the world with 620+ miles of range. In 2019, Tesla unveiled Model Y crossover, based on Model 3 platform.
Tesla also produces 2 energy storage products, the Powerwall home battery and the Powerpack industrial-scale battery. In 2016, Tesla became the world’s first vertically-integrated sustainable energy company with the acquisition of SolarCity, the leading provider of solar power systems in the United States, and in 2017 released Solar Roof: a beautiful and affordable energy generation product.
Elon also leads Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), where he oversees the development and manufacturing of advanced rockets and spacecraft for missions to and beyond Earth orbit.
In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 1 became the first privately developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to orbit the Earth. Following that milestone, NASA awarded SpaceX with contracts to carry cargo and crew to the International Space Station (ISS). A global leader in commercial launch services, SpaceX is the first commercial provider to launch and recover a spacecraft from orbit, attach a commercial spacecraft to the ISS and successfully land an orbital-class rocket booster.
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Falcon 9 is the first orbital class rocket capable of relfight. This rocket has had 67 successful missions. First manned mission coming this year.
Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket (for now) in the world by a factor of 2. It was designed to deliver large payloads to orbit and it can carry humans into space. With 3 times the power of the Falcon 9, launching it only costs 50% more. This rocket has had 2 successful missions.
The Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) is a two-staged rocket still in development, designed to be the most powerful ever and fully reusable. It is composed of the Super Heavy rocket (booster) and Starship (ship) and it will eventually replace Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. By creating a single system that can service a variety of markets, SpaceX can redirect resources from Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy to this rocket. First flight is expected to be in 2021.
Previously, Elon co-founded and sold PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and Zip2, one of the first internet maps and directions services, which helped bring major publishers like the New York Times and Hearst online.