Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transportation project is getting closer to becoming a commercial product, but don’t get too excited just yet about traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about half an hour. However, Hyperloop Technologies, a company that’s looking to create Musk’s vision, has scheduled a major Hyperloop test for this week. More →
Tesla Motors and SpaceX aren’t Elon Musk’s only major transportation-related projects. In fact, he’s also working on a train system where passengers could be shipped between cities at speeds close to the speed of sound. Called Hyperloop, the train is a mix between the Concorde plane, a railgun, and an air-hockey table, according to the inventor. And while Musk might not be overseeing this one directly, the Hyperloop project is slowly advancing. More →
The fossil fuel industry is not exactly beloved, but it has us in a bind since we’re still so dependent on oil for our energy needs. The Guardian brings us word that Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes it’s time to really take the fight to the fossil fuels industry so we can really pave the way for cleaner energy alternatives. While talking at the World Energy Innovation Forum at the Tesla Factory in California this week, Musk decried the lobbying power that the oil and gas industries have over politicians in Washington and other capitals around the world. More →
Elon Musk is nothing if not dedicated, and busy. Not only is he the CEO of two giant companies, but each company – SpaceX and Tesla – is quite literally focused on changing the world. With respect to Tesla, things at the California-based company have never been busier. The Model S just got a refresh, production on the Model X is ramping up, Model 3 reservations are in the 400,000 range, and construction is ongoing on the company’s Nevada Gigafactory.
With so much on his plate, Musk revealed during Tesla’s earnings conference call yesterday that his desk is currently positioned at the end of the Model X production line at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory. And because he’s there so frequently, often overnight, Musk also added that he also keeps a sleeping bag handy so that he can rest comfortably when he doesn’t have time to go home and then back in the morning.
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.