Tesla’s journey of becoming the world’s richest car company at $185 billion

Tesla officially surpassed its main rival for the title, Toyota, which is valued at roughly $203 billion.



Tesla, the auto company owned by Elon Musk, reached a unique milestone by becoming the world’s richest car company at $1,000 per share, and a market cap of $185bn. The share prices have come down a little bit since its peak, but for some time its value was worth more than Ford ($27bn), FCA (£20bn), and GM ($41bn) combined.

Tesla – the richest car company – 2020

Tesla officially surpassed its main rival for the title, Toyota, which is valued at roughly $203 billion.

Tesla has seen its shares of ups and downs, but its Model 3 car has been a show stopper, and it has seen its share prices see an upward spiral since 2019.

The auto sector has taken a beating due to the coronavirus pandemic with the supply chain being disturbed in China, consumer confidence going low, factories closing down, and sales abysmal.

Tesla Richest Car Company in the World 2020

Tesla reached a unique milestone in 2020 when it became the richest car company in the world.

Tesla has still been able to meet its production target. In spite of selling a much lesser number of cars than its nearest competitor, the company’s revenues are impressive.

Tesla has captivated investors’ imaginations as a sure bet due in part to the charismatic leader Elon Musk and also the industry and governmental shift to more sustainable technologies like EVs.

Wedbush Securities, a US-based investment firm, increased its target share price to $1,000 on Wednesday, attributing “game-changing” developments as the reason behind the price lift.

A million-mile benchmark

One reason for Tesla’s rising fortunes is the “million-mile” battery that is already in the works in China and will be put in the Model 3 sedan. This new upgraded technology will drive down the prices of the electric cars comparable to the ones run on internal combustion engines.

Electric vehicle batteries, at present, give over 1,000 charge cycles on average as the crystal cathodes used in batteries degrade fast. Tesla’s research team has patented cathodes using larger crystal that can last for 4-5,000 charge cycles. The current Tesla batteries have a life of around 200,000 miles; it is believed the new batteries could give the much-touted million-mile benchmark.

Chinese company CATL has claimed its factory readiness to manufacture batteries capable of giving 1.2 million miles. This almost confirms that it has Tesla as its customer. The new batteries will also lower the dependence on cobalt, which is a rare earth metal and expensive.

The use of alternative technologies and materials in electric vehicle batteries is sure to change the future of EVs. Tesla being in the forefront, will again manage to stay ahead of its rivals.

Hence, the investor confidence which makes Tesla the richest car company in the world in 2020. Although, as usual, some investors are advising caution and saying the share prices of the company are overvalued.

Relentless Innovation

Another reason for the 16-year short journey to richness for Tesla is because of its bets on innovation. It was the first to introduce lithium-based ion batteries. This improved the speed of EVs to up to 200 miles, which was very competitive and people were ready to pay a premium price for it because of its deliverability in that category rather than any belief in climate change.

Telsa has been competitive in delivering premium models giving competition to Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and BMW together. Its Model 3 outsold every model BMW sells put together in Q2 2019 in this class as well as everything from Mercedes and Audio too. Now it is putting together a cheaper version.

Anna Domanska
Anna Domanska is an Industry Leaders Magazine author possessing wide-range of knowledge for Business News. She is an avid reader and writer of Business and CEO Magazines and a rigorous follower of Business Leaders.

Recent Posts

Cryptocurrency Scammers Promise Fake Amazon Tokens to Rob Buyers

Cryptocurrency Scammers Promise Fake Amazon Tokens to Rob Buyers

A report by blockchain data platform Chainalysis reveals that nearly $14 billion in cryptocurrency were sent to illicit addresses in 2021.
5 hours ago
Neuralink Looks for a Clinical Trial Director to Direct Its Next Step

Neuralink Looks for a Clinical Trial Director to Direct Its Next Step

Musk had previously revealed that he hopes the company will be able to address a wide range of neurological problems – ranging from addiction to paralysis.
18 hours ago
Winter Olympics 2022: The Silence of the Brands

Winter Olympics 2022: The Silence of the Brands

Brands see the Olympics as an opportunity to connect with their consumers and boost sales with limited edition products.
2 days ago
Best Fintech Stocks to Buy in 2022

Best Fintech Stocks to Buy in 2022

The biggest names on Wall Street are buying some of these best fintech stocks of the year. Now maybe a great chance to invest money in the right business.
2 days ago
The Untold Story of How Elon Musk Ousted Tesla’s Founders

The Untold Story of How Elon Musk Ousted Tesla’s Founders

Not many know that Tesla wasn’t founded by Elon Musk. So who founded the world’s most valuable automotive company?
2 days ago
What’s the new inflation rate saying?

What’s the new inflation rate saying?

According to the US consumer price index, the inflation rate has witnessed a rapid rise during the past six months since it’s 0.8% increase in November.
3 days ago