Five years ago, hardly anyone knew the name Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA). The California-based electric-vehicle maker had but one sportscar to its name, the Tesla Roadster, and its price tag north of $100,000 and limited driving range restricted the car's appeal to the super-rich. A lot has changed since then. Today, Tesla Motors is one of the most disruptive forces in both the auto and energy industries. Its all-electric Model S sedan has earned too many accolades to count, including the highest rating ever given by Consumer Reports (two years in a row) and Motor Trend Car of the Year (also two years in a row).

Tesla has a lot to celebrate, particularly with the much-anticipated launch of its Model X crossover SUV later this year. For that reason, we've put together a presentation below with some little-known facts about the EV start-up and how it has grown from a small upstart into one of the most disruptive companies on the planet today.

15 things You Didn't Know About Tesla Motors from The Motley Fool.

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