After winning Motor Trend's "Car of the Year," Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has become a serious player in the car business. Even after electric vehicle whiffs from General Motors, Nissan, and Ford the company continues to line up customers as fast as it can make products. 

What sets Tesla apart is higher performance and better range than the competition. Now that a charging infrastructure is becoming more common throughout the U.S. the future is bright for this auto underdog.