Inside Tesla: a retrospective at the Petersen museum

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LA’s famous Petersen Museum has a hot new exhibit that documents Tesla’s brand milestones 

If you are in the Los Angeles area this holiday season, an afternoon at the Petersen Museum would be well worth your time. The newest exhibit there, entitled Inside Tesla: Supercharging the Electric Revolution, looks at the development of the newest (profitable) American OEM to be established in many decades, the vehicles it has brought to market, and indirectly, its eccentric and driven creator.

Yes, it seems too early for a Tesla retrospective — the company only turns twenty next July. But its roots go back into the 1990s and are entwined with Elon Musk’s other ventures, which have their own displays in the exhibit.

Walking through the exhibit, one can recognise the usual suspects- Models S, 3, X and Y, and the Roadster 2. These show a strong engineering and form language continuity between models, a discipline that exists in only a few companies (Apple Inc. comes to mind). The Cybertruck and Semi are well represented, as are Space X rockets, a Hyperloop pod model and various computer and robot displays.

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