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Elon Musk’s electric-car maker has outmaneuvered the competition at every turn, revving up a massive market capitalization (nearly $60 billion) despite having built relatively few cars and annual sales that are a fraction of the revenues of old-line automakers [f500link]GM[/f500link] and [f500link]Ford[/f500link]. Tesla’s innovations to date have included new ways of selling (no dealerships), groundbreaking technology (autopilot self-driving capabilities), and even financing (persuading customers to make deposits far in advance of delivery). Auto giants from Detroit and beyond are beefing up their electric and autonomous muscles—a clear sign that they are trying to play catch-up to Tesla’s outsize innovation.

Company Information

Overall Score4.4
Sector
Motor Vehicles & Parts
Industry
Motor Vehicles and Parts
CEO
Elon Musk
Websitehttp://www.tesla.com
Employees17,782
HQ Location
Palo Alto, Calif.
Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)$10,069
Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)$-766
Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)$57,232