On The List
Every year, Consumer Reports releases its auto brand report. And every year, European and Asian car manufacturers tend to dominate the top 10. This year, however, an American brand has earned a spot near the top: Tesla.
On the 2017 edition of Consumer Report's prestigious list, Tesla ranks eighth. This marks the first time Tesla has made the list at all, and it managed to beat out all other American car brands thanks to its improved reliability and high level of owner satisfaction. The company was also recognized for having the highest road test score.
While Consumer Reports has cited Tesla’s Model S sedan as the best car they have ever road tested, the vehicle’s reliability was an issue. This led to the publication withdrawing its "recommended" rating for the car back in 2015, but after updates by Tesla, the rating was reinstated in 2016. That same year, the publication reviewed the Model X SUV, again commending its performance but noting it was disappointed by the vehicle’s functionality and reliability.
Tesla's innovation in the transportation industry is not only setting new records for quality and performance, it’s also making it possible for more people to invest in cars that are better for the environment. However, everyone knows by now that Tesla’s game plan isn’t just centered on perfecting the technology behind its electric vehicles (EVs). The company's cars are part and parcel of a larger vision with a strong focus on sustainability.
Tesla's investments in renewable energy and partnerships forged with like-minded companies since speaks volumes about where the Elon Musk-led brand is headed. Since 2015, Tesla has been invested in energy with the production of the Powerwall and Powerpack, both of which continue to see growth and application across various scales, from residential installations to industrial. Last year, the company added solar roofs to its repertoire, and they hope to seamlessly integrate those with their battery storage system.
As Musk himself has said, “The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good.”