Some Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) fans may know the story of how a lunch date led to the formation of the company as we know it today. For others, the story, which was reshared by Tesla co-founders JB Straubel and Elon Musk, may be new.

What Happened: Speaking together at the Financial Times “Future of the Car” event recently, Straubel and Musk recalled their lunch date that led to the creation of Tesla and the groundwork for the Tesla Roadster.

Musk said he received a call from Strabuel out of the blue to discuss items like space and hydrogen airplanes. Musk agreed to the lunch, and ultimately the conversation shifted to lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles.

Musk shared with Straubel that he thought electric vehicles were the future. Straubel invited Musk to test drive …

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