So, maybe you’ve heard this one: a young entrepreneur founds a company that makes it easy to send money to people electronically. The company, called PayPal, is bought by eBay for 1.5 billion dollars.

The same entrepreneur then goes on to found another company that builds rocket motors and satellite launch vehicles, picking up a few contracts from NASA in the process. That one’s called SpaceX.

At the same time, he decides to build a car company, one who’s stated aim is to convince people that electric cars are the way forward. After gaining experience with an electric Roadster, the company designs an entirely new car from the ground up.

That car is the Tesla Model S…