Items tagged with Elon Musk

We told you earlier this morning that Tesla Motors was on the verge of making an announcement on a battery upgrade for its first electric vehicle: the Roadster. The time has come for the official announcement, and Tesla Motors has unveiled what it calls the Roadster 3.0 Package. The Roadster 3.0 Package centers around three major upgrades to the vehicle. The first is of course a vastly improved battery pack. The original Roadster came to market with a 53 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, but advances in cell technology has allowed Tesla to produce a new cell with 31 percent greater capacity. As a result, the new battery pack gives the Roadster 70 kWh in the exact same package size as the original.... Read more...
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk gave Roadster owners some good news this Christmas with further confirmation that a massive battery upgrade is on the way. Musk first mentioned the battery upgrade in an October interview, and hinted that more news would come this week.  On Christmas Day, Musk sent out the following tweet: Roadster upgrade will enable non-stop travel from LA to SF -- almost 400 mile range. Details tmrw. Merry Christmas! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 25, 2014 According to Musk, a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco (which is roughly 382 miles, and would take you just under 6 hours to complete) would be completely possible with the upgraded Roadster. The current Roadster would... Read more...
The Tesla Motors Roadster was first released way back in 2008. The vehicle, which was loosely based on the Lotus Elise, is what put Tesla on the map, so to speak, with regards to electric vehicles. Over the course of its four-year production run, Tesla produced 2,600 examples of the Roadster. But just because the Roadster went out of production over two year ago doesn’t mean that the vehicle can’t receive meaningful updates from the factory. Even though Tesla has plenty on its plate right now including production of the Model S sedan, ramping up for production of the Model X crossover, and constructing its massive Gigafactory battery complex, CEO Elon Musk has a big treat in store for Roadster... Read more...
A single letter of the alphabet has the Internet pondering what in the world is coming next from Tesla Motors. It's the letter "D," which Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk casually tossed in a vague Twitter post along with a date -- October 9, 2014 -- for the unveiling of whatever the "D" might be, as well as "something else." There's also a picture accompanying the post. Comparisons to the Batmobile exiting the Batcave are inevitable, though don't expect a DC tie-in with whatever the D ends up being. A more likely scenario is that Tesla is getting ready to introduce the Model D, which would fall in line with the company's past naming schemes. There's already the Model S, an electric... Read more...
One has to wonder if Elon Musk if even human. When he's not busy working on electric supercars, he's launching satellites into space. And when he's not doing that, he's working to plant a massive solar field in New York. The latest news involving one of today's greatest innovators has arrived this week, with SolarCity announcing an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose modules have demonstrated a unique combination of high energy output and low cost. Musk's SolarCity is presently in discussions with New York to build an initial manufacturing plant, continuing a relationship developed by the Silevo team. Straight from Musk's mouth: "At a targeted... Read more...
In the technology arena there are leaders and visionaries.  Many people have described men like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as visionaries and market-changing leaders.  Then there's another class of people in technology - the inventors.  These folks are visionaries, leaders and in most cases, genetically wired geniuses.  Tesla, Einstein, Edison, (Wozniak, Page and Brin?) these are the names of men that brought about technologies so disruptive and influential that they changed the landscape forever.  It may be a little early to group this man into the same class of inventors as Einstein and Edison, but we may some day be speaking the name "Musk" in the same breath as we... Read more...
We've covered Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop before, including some speculation on what kind of system he might propose. The mass transit concept unveiled today is similar, in some respects, to the evacuated vacuum tube first proposed by the Rand Corporation in 1972, but varies in a number of key areas. It doesn't rely on maintaining a full vacuum, but instead offers an atmosphere roughly 1/6 pressure found on Mars, or equivalent to cruising Earth at 150,000 feet. As expected, the initial LA - SF proposed run would accelerate passengers to trans-sonic velocities, but they wouldn't do it using maglev. Instead, a linear induction motor is used to provide the necessary acceleration and deceleration,... Read more...
Think the future of transportation has us all in flying cars like the Jetsons? Think again. That's not something we're likely to see in our lifetime, however we may witness the completion of several "Hyperloop" transport systems designed to get you from point A to point B at breakneck speeds. This is the dream of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who describes Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table." Alternately, you can think of it as an enclosed tube that's propped way up off the ground. It would use a magnetic levitation system similar to high-speed bullet trains, except passengers would travel in capsules across a surface with almost no friction. A Colorado... Read more...
A few days ago, the New York Times published an article criticizing the range and performance of the Tesla Model S in cold weather. The author, John Broder, claimed that the car performed poorly in cold weather and that he eventually had to have the vehicle towed to its destination on a flatbed. When Elon Musk strenuously contested Broder's claims of subpar performance, the author doubled down. In a follow-up article for the New York Times, Broder claims that he charged the vehicle properly, reduced his speed to 45 mph, and turned down the heater temperature in an attempt to compensate for the vehicle's fast-draining battery. Today, Musk released the extensive data logs that Tesla keeps on the... Read more...
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