When it’s finally released in late 2017, Tesla’s new Model 3 will be a tremendous accomplishment. The car offers features and performance that are on par with similar models from premium car brands, but it bakes them into an all-electric vehicle with a range of at least 200 miles per charge. And incredibly, the Model 3 will start at just $35,000 before tax incentives that will be available to many early buyers.
Dozens of YouTube videos have already shown us the potential of Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature, but according to Elon Musk, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. Electrek reports that Musk told an audience last week during a talk in Norway that early data from Autopilot shows that drivers are significantly safer in their cars when the feature is activated.
People like to compare Elon Musk to a real-world Tony Stark, but that’s not really giving Musk a fair shake. For years, Musk has been a driving force behind some of the most impactful, important and revolutionary businesses on the planet. Whether it’s his involvement with online payments via PayPal or the incredible work he’s been doing at both Tesla and SpaceX, Musk continues to push the limits of what society thinks is possible.
A few days ago, news broke that some of the most influential leaders in tech, including Apple’s Tim Cook, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, met in secret at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, plotting to stop Donald Trump’s growing momentum.
However, Musk was quick to debunk the report, saying the secret meeting wasn’t secret at all and it wasn’t about Trump either. More →
In a sign of the times, a number of tech luminaries over the weekend, a group which included Tim Cook, Elon Musk and even Napster co-founder Sean Parker, all congregated on a private island resort off the coast of Georgia where the topic of discussion centered on how to stop the growing momentum of Donald Trump.
Elon Musk is changing the world one idea at a time. First, with Tesla, the man so many people call the real life Tony Stark has done an incredible job of bringing electric vehicles to the mainstream. Second, Musk has been doing an impressive job over at SpaceX in the realm of space travel. And third, Musk’s effective rough draft of a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop is being contemplated and conceptualized in a very real way by some extremely smart people.
Much like other larger-than-life CEOs from the tech world, Elon Musk isn’t one to shy away from holding a grudge.
Earlier this week, venture capitalist Stewart Alsop penned a post on Medium appropriately titled Banned By Tesla! The gist of the post is that Alsop ordered a Tesla Model X only to have his order directly cancelled by Musk himself.
Now you might naturally be wondering: What in the world might compel Musk to cancel any Model X order? A sale is a sale, after all, and Tesla needs as many as it can get.
Well, the backstory here is a bit interesting.
If you think Tesla’s plan for world domination begins with the Model S and ends with the Model 3, you’re sorely mistaken. While the Model 3 is of course the mass consumer vehicle Elon Musk is betting the company on, the Tesla CEO is certainly open to developing other types of vehicles in the future.
With a base price of $70,000, the Tesla Model S isn’t exactly a car that one can rightfully describe as affordable. Still, there are ways for folks interested in owning a Model S to pick one up on the cheap. There is, of course, the option to lease. Another, and perhaps lesser-known option is to purchase an “inventory car”, effectively the car equivalent of buying a refurbished iPhone.
As a quick primer, an inventory car from Tesla is one that has been used for test drives, loaned out to Model S owners when their car needs to be serviced, or has been displayed in showrooms. In effect, purchasing an inventory car is akin to buying a car that while not exactly new, doesn’t necessarily have any serious signs of wear and tear either.
Elon Musk sure is keeping busy this week. Following up on his remarks that Tesla in two years time might have a vehicle capable of driving itself from coast to coast, the outspoken CEO appeared on BBC where he spoke candidly on a number of topics.
One of the more interesting exchanges occurred when Musk was asked about Apple’s rumored foray into the car industry. Rather than viewing Apple as a competitive threat, Musk said that he gladly welcomes any all newcomers who want to help accelerate a shift towards electric vehicle adoption.
Elon Musk’s vision for the future is bold and ambitious, and much to his credit, the Tesla CEO doesn’t shy away from making brazen predictions that other CEOs would be too embarrassed to express publicly.
During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, and originally recapped by The Verge, Musk said flat-out that Tesla’s new Summon feature may soon enable its fleet of Model S and Model X vehicles to drive themselves all the way from New York to Los Angeles. As we reported over the weekend, Tesla’s latest software update includes Summon, a mode which lets users park and retrieve their cars even with no one inside it. Of course, as a new feature emblazoned with a Beta tag, the feature in its current form only works up to a distance of 39 feet.
SpaceX’s audacious vertical rocket landing on Monday lays a critical foundation for reusable rockets that could help humans colonize Mars, according to the company’s CEO Elon Musk.
“This is a critical step towards establishing a city on Mars,” he said, during a conference call with reporters after Monday’s launch. “Without [reusable rockets], it would be unaffordable – it dramatically improves my confidence that a city on Mars is possible, it’s what all this is about.”
After successfully sending its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida on the satellite launch mission, the company landed a 15-story leftover booster rocket back on Earth. More →
In a new interview with Fortune, outspoken Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the electric automaker is just two years away from developing fully autonomous vehicles that can operate ably and safely in any type of environment. While Musk has long championed an automotive age filled with self-driving cars, this is the most optimistic timeline for their deployment we’ve seen Musk make yet. In fact, Musk in 2014 said that the requisite technology to manufacture a self driving car was still about five to six years away.