What is Tesla Motors on Jeopardy?



For all the fans of Jeopardy out there, you may have seen that “A Visit to Tesla” was a category on Jeopardy this past Wednesday. The questions were presented in video format and took place in Tesla’s factory. Can you get all the answers right? Read below to find out! (Questions adopted from here)


  1. Unlike an internal combustion gas engine with many moving parts, a Tesla motor only has one: the rotor.  As a result, this increase in velocity is instantaneous, allowing you to go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.
  2. The body of each car begins with a giant 20,000 pound coil of this metal, atomic #13, which will be stretched, bent, punched, painted and more before it is done.
  3. As the body of a Tesla comes together, several joining methods are used including adhesive, cold metal transfer, self piercing rivets and the resistance type of this metallurgic technique.
  4. In 2013 9 years ahead schedule, Tesla Motors paid back 465 Million dollars in loans from this United States government department that is rightly interested in Tesla’s advanced technology.
  5. Drawing on ideas conceived by Nikola Tesla himself, the motors used in all Tesla cars make use of this phenomena by which the spinning of a metallic rotor inside of a magnetic field creates an electrical current.


Tesla’s vehicles being made as featured on Jeopardy. Source: http://jeopardy.tumblr.com/post/103656462931/clue-crew-notes-from-the-road-visit-to-the-tesla


  1. What is acceleration?
  2. What is aluminum?
  3. What is welding?
  4. What is energy?
  5. What is electro magnetic induction?

How did you do? One contestant got all, but the final question right. Electric vehicles have shown up in Jeopardy before in a Cars of Today category, but a whole category has never been dedicated to EV’s. This was great exposure for Tesla and a wonderful outreach opportunity for electric vehicles. This shows that EV’s are truly entering into the public conscious. Charge on!