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Elon Musk Wants To Give New Tesla Roadster Rocket Technology 21
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Roadster on 11 21st, 2017

Just a couple of days after Tesla shocked the world by unveiling the second-generation Roadster with unprecedented performance figures, Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to indicate this is just the start of what’s to come for the new sports car.

In a Tweet published on November 20, the outspoken entrepreneur indicated that a special upgrade package for the new Tesla Roadster could borrow rocket technology and possibly fly short distances.

Yes, you read that correctly. Musk said it is “certainly possible” to make the Roadster part supercar-slayer and part flying car. “Just a question of safety. Rocket tech applied to a car opens up revolutionary possibilities,” he added.

As always, it’s important to take anything Musk says with a pinch of salt. After all, he is no stranger to expressing his ambitious goals, even though they are often far beyond the realm of what most people consider reasonable. For example, he thinks humans and AI could eventually merge to create AI-human symbiotes.

As it stands, the new Tesla Roadster, unveiled in entry-level guise, is already quite bewildering. The automaker claims it will have three electric motors, a 200-kWh battery pack and be capable of accelerating to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 1.9 seconds, 100 mph (160 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and sprint to over 250 mph (402 km/h).


Tesla Semi Has A 500-Mile Range And Hits 60MPH In 5 Seconds 17
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, featured, Tesla, Tesla Semi, Top 5, Trucks on 11 17th, 2017

Tesla has officially unveiled its long-awaited Semi, and as expected, company chief executive Elon Musk is touting it as the future of trucking.

First, the most important number of them all. 500 miles. According to Tesla, that is the official range of the Tesla Semi under highway conditions when it is towing its full 80,000 lbs load. When fully loaded, the semi will reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 20 seconds, far quicker than any diesel semi-truck on the market. Remove the trailer and it’ll reach the same mark in five seconds.

Making the Tesla Semi so brisk off the line are the four independent electric motors, driving the four wheels at the rear.

Another interesting thing about the Tesla Semi is that Musk says it will be impossible for the vehicle to jackknife. In order to avoid this, the Semi will use its independent rear wheels to dynamically adjust torque to ensure a jackknife never occurs.

Unsurprisingly, every Tesla Semi sold will come with Enhanced Autopilot as standard. Consequently, the Semi will include automatic lane keep assist and autonomous braking.

Despite being the brand’s first attempt at a truck, the Tesla Semi will allegedly be incredibly reliable. In fact, the automaker will guarantee that it will not break down in the first million miles. Owners will also benefit from the brand’s new Megachargers, powerful chargers which can add up to 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

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The White House Didn’t Really Give Musk Approval To Build A Hyperloop 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla on 11 16th, 2017

In July, Elon Musk shocked many observers by claiming he had received “verbal governmental approval” to build a Hyperloop between New York City and Washington, D.C.

However, it has just emerged that the whole thing may have just been a misunderstanding and that Musk jumped the gun when announcing the project.

Speaking to Recode earlier in the week, a top tech advisor to President Donald Trump, Reed Cordish, admitted that he may have been the one to get Musk’s hopes up.

“I think that I was the culprit. As I said to Elon after, I think what you heard was ‘verbal government excitement,’” he said.

Despite admitting that Musk hasn’t been given the approval he initially thought he was, Cordish did throw his support behind the entrepreneur’s plans to challenge how tunnels are built with The Boring Company.

“In essence, we’ve had the same technology for tunneling, it hasn’t changed in the last fifty years. And what Elon has done is he’s challenged his best engineers to reimagine that approach and we are working with them every day.”


Could The Tesla Semi Have Up To 450 Miles Of Range? 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 11 16th, 2017

Tesla’s long-awaited all-electric semi-truck will be unveiled in less than 24 hours and according to two analysts, could have a range of up to 450 miles (724 km).

Last month, Elon Musk took to Twitter to assert that the semi’s specs are more impressive than what recent reports have suggested, most of which have indicated a range between 200 and 300 miles, potentially giving the Tesla semi roughly the same range as Daimler’s recent concept.

Inside EVs says that according to Berstein analysts Toni Sacconaghi and David Vernon, the semi’s range may actually sit between 300-450 miles and be offered to customers from mid-2019.

Interestingly, the analysts don’t believe that even with a range of up to 450 miles, the semi will be a success for the company.

“On net, despite a potentially compelling value proposition, we do not see the Tesla Semi opportunity as a thesis changing initiative for the company, at least initially. It is somewhat unclear why the company needs another major initiative (beyond Model 3, forthcoming Model Y, battery production, solar roofs, and energy storage) on its already full plate,” they said.

Stay tuned for more details about the truck in the coming hours.


Musk Says Tesla Semi Will “Blow Your Mind Clear Out Of Your Skull” 14
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Trucks on 11 14th, 2017

Ahead of the Tesla semi-truck premiering on November 16, Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to talk up his latest creation.

Discussing the truck, Musk said “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.” Fortunately, we’ve already seen the Tesla semi in full and can confidently say that our minds weren’t blown in any significant way.

The debut of the Tesla semi will come at a difficult time for the electric carmaker, currently in “production hell” trying to fulfil its promises about the entry-level Model 3.

Our intel suggests that the semi will have an all-electric range of between 200 and 300 miles, roughly the same as Daimler’s E-Fuso Vision One, ironically unveiled on October 25, the day before the Tesla semi was originally going to be introduced to the world.


Tesla Buys Manufacturing Firm Perbix In The Midst Of “Production Hell” 10
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 11 10th, 2017

In the middle of what Elon Musk dubs “production hell”, Tesla has acquired Perbix, a producer of automated machines for manufacturing.

Limited details about the deal are known but Perbix has been supplying Tesla with machinery for almost three years, and as part of the deal, Perbix president James Dudley will receive approximately $10.5 million in Tesla stock.

Tesla has cited challenges with the automated production line of the entry-level Model 3 as one of the reasons for the delayed start of volume production of the vehicle. It is possible Tesla believes that by bringing Perbix in-house, it will be able to resolve these issues much faster.

In an earnings call last week, Musk said upping production at a facility that heavily-relies on robots isn’t as easy as one staffed by humans where labor hours can easily be increased.

“With Model 3, either the machine works, or it doesn’t, or it’s limping along and we get short quite severely on output,” Musk told Bloomberg.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has acquired a former supplier. In 2016, the electric automaker acquired German manufacturing-technology specialist Grohmann Engineering.


Elon Musk Meets With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 10
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Turkey on 11 10th, 2017

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk unexpectedly met with controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Neither Tesla nor the Turkish President have commented on what sparked the meeting, but Mashable reports talks may have been had about Tesla’s interest in Turkey’s domestic automotive plans.

The official Twitter profile of Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared an image of Musk shaking hands with the president at the country’s Presidential Complex. It too did not provide context for the meeting.

As it stands, Tesla doesn’t sell any of its vehicles in the country but in his quest for world domination, it seems probable Musk wants to change that.

In additional images of the meeting shared online, Musk and Erdogan were pictured alongside three scale models of SpaceX rockets.

Tesla Posts $619 Million Quarterly Loss, Further Delays Model 3 2
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 11 2nd, 2017

Tesla has posted its largest quarterly loss ever, confirming a net loss of $619.4 million and delaying volume production of the Model 3 by roughly three months.
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Musk Says Tesla Cars Will Automatically Take Passengers To Their Destinations 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tech, Tesla on 11 1st, 2017

Elon Musk has suggested that future Tesla vehicles will be capable of automatically taking their owner to his or her destination.
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Elon Musk Offers First Look At Boring Company’s Underground LA Tunnel 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech on 10 30th, 2017

After dropping a Model S down inside a tunnel dug by The Boring Company back in August, Elon Musk is now giving us an even better look at his cure for traffic.
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Tesla Unexpectedly Slashes Hundreds Of Jobs 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model 3 on 10 16th, 2017

Tesla says it is in the middle of production hell as it looks to ramp up production of the Model 3 sedan. Despite this, it has just cut hundreds of jobs.
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Richard Branson Bets Big On Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One 13
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tech on 10 13th, 2017

Richard Branson is betting big on Elon Musk’s idea of a Hyperloop and has just announced a significant investment in Hyperloop One, a company bringing Musk’s idea to life.
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GM Shoots Down Musk’s Claims Of Having Level 5 Autonomy Hardware 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Elon Musk, GM, Reports, Tesla on 10 12th, 2017

The director of GM’s autonomous vehicle integration division has shot down Elon Musk’s claims that current Tesla vehicles have the hardware required for Level 5 autonomous driving.
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Tesla Delays Semi Truck Reveal Until November 16 9
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Trucks on 10 9th, 2017

Elon Musk has announced that the reveal of the Tesla semi-truck has been delayed from October 26 to November 16.
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Elon Musk Wants To Send You Around The World In A Big F’n Rocket 3
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Elon Musk, Offbeat News, video on 10 3rd, 2017

Tesla may be the Elon Musk venture with which we're most familiar, but the electric car company isn't his only undertaking. Heck, it's not even his only transportation project.
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