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In 2014, Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, successfully completed two missions to the International Space Station. But it’s at Tesla Motors where he has generated the most voltage. Despite a production problem and a new-model delay, Tesla’s stock continues to soar, shooting its market cap to over $30 billion, even though the company has yet to record an annual profit. Tesla bulls are looking to the future, with the firm’s announcement that it will build a $5 billion lithium-ion battery “gigafactory” in the Nevada desert. (See: Inside Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Gigafactory) The plant is key to Musk’s master plan: to produce an affordable, mass-market electric car by 2017. —Peter Elkind