The story of Elon Musk and his Tesla electric vehicles has been well documented. One thing is certain: Tesla did not have an easy ride. There were periods of time when layoffs were rampant, the company’s payroll was covered by credit cards, and Tesla was on the brink of bankruptcy. This infographic by Global Energy Metals and Visual Capitalist deals with the origin story of the company, challenges faced by the first EVs, the company’s strategy and initial execution, and the Tesla Roadster’s development. It is the first part of a three-part Rise of Tesla Series, which will soon be a definitive source for everything you ever wanted to know about the company.