Martin Eberhard

Martin Eberhard (born May 15, 1960) is an American engineer and business executive. He founded Tesla, Inc. (then Tesla Motors) with Marc Tarpenning, and served as CEO of Tesla until 2008, when he left. [1][2][3]

Martin Eberhard
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Eberhard in 2006
Born (1960-05-15) May 15, 1960 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Known for


Early careerEdit

Eberhard began his career as an electrical engineer at Wyse Technology, where he designed the WY-30 ASCII computer terminal as his first product. Later, Eberhard co-founded and founded start-up companies Network Computing Devices, Inc. (making X Window-based network terminals) and NuvoMedia that created one of the first e-book readers, the Rocket eBook.[4]

Tesla MotorsEdit

Eberhard's interest in sports cars, dependence on oil imports, and global warming led him to found Silicon Valley's first automobile company to produce an existing prototype called the AC Propulsion tzero. In 2003 Eberhard co-founded (with Marc Tarpenning), and became the first CEO of, Tesla Motors, an electric car company in San Carlos, California. Eberhard drives the second of Tesla Motors Founder's Series Roadsters cars, which is the first series of the Tesla Roadster (2008).[5] The Tesla Roadster is a battery electric sportscar with 244 miles (393 km) (EPA) range.

On November 30, 2007 Tesla released a press release titled "Martin Eberhard, Co-founder of Tesla Motors, to Transition to Advisory Board."[6] According to the Tesla Motors Club forum[7] and CNN Money,[8] Martin was asked to leave, but the reason was not immediately stated. On January 7, 2008, the New York Times reported[9] that Tesla Motors issued a statement explaining that the co-founder and former chief executive, Martin Eberhard, “has transitioned from the board of directors and executive management of the company to the advisory board.” On January 7, 2008, Eberhard confirmed that he was no longer employed in Tesla Motors and was only a shareholder in the company. He said he planned to start another company entirely in the green tech field.[10] Eberhard maintained a blog at that had his version of Tesla's history while he had a lawsuit against Elon Musk for libel until August 2009; the blog was deleted afterwards and it is assumed there was a settlement between the parties.[11]


In 2010, Martin Eberhard confirmed to Autoblog Green that he was doing work with Volkswagen, but no further details were provided.[12]


In 2017, Eberhard founded inEVit in a bid to supply major OEMs with electric drivetrains and power storage solutions.[13] Before the year ended the company was purchased by Seres, where Eberhard became Chief Innovation Officer for several months until July 2018.[14]

SF MotorsEdit

In October, 2017, Eberhard joined Sokon Industry Group when that company acquired Inevit. This branch was renamed SF Motors,[15] then renamed Seres. Eberhard left the company in 2018 and it has yet to launch a production vehicle from its US factory.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Carolyn whom he met at the University of Illinois where they have been annual donors to the university's College of Engineering since 1984.[18][full citation needed]


  1. ^ Kumparak, Greg. "A brief history of Tesla". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  2. ^ "The Making Of Tesla: Invention, Betrayal, And The Birth Of The Roadster". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  3. ^ "Tesla Co-Founder Marc Tarpenning Tells Definitive Story Of Company's Beginnings | CleanTechnica". Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  4. ^ cite web |last1=Schreiber |first1=Barbara |title=Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning : American Entrepeneurs |url= |website=Britannica |publisher=Encyclopedia Britannica |accessdate=25 January 2020}}
  5. ^ "Tesla Motors - press room". 14 November 2006. Archived from the original on November 14, 2006.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "Tesla Motors - press room". 13 December 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  7. ^ "Is Martin Eberhard still with Tesla Motors?". Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Dealbook (2007-12-04). "Unhappy Tesla Founder, or Impostor? -". Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  10. ^ "Martin Says… « Tesla Founders Blog". 26 July 2009. Archived from the original on July 26, 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  11. ^ Eberhard Says 'Uncle' in Tesla Lawsuit Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2010-01-19). "Confirmed: Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard working with Volkswagen". Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  13. ^ "Tesla's original co-founder Martin Eberhard started a new EV startup called 'InEVit'". Retrieved 2017-09-16.
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  15. ^ Dunne, Michael J. "For Tesla, The Road Into China Still Looks Like A Blind Alley". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
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  18. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Awards - Engineering at Illinois".

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