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Tesla Founder Wants to Launch You Through A Tube at 700 MPH

Elon Musk lays out vision for a “Hyperloop”

by on Aug.13, 2013

Elon Musk unveiled his Hyperloop concept today. In theory, it would whisk passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.

It almost sounds like an idea from a Jules Verne science fiction novel, but Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Motors and Space X, wants to create a system of tubes linking major cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles in which passengers could be propelled at speeds of as much as 700 mph.

The system, Musk said in an online proposal, would be called the Hyperloop, and would be somewhat similar to the pneumatic tubes used at banks and stores to move paperwork around. The concept would borrow some of the technology developed for maglev trains – though operate at twice the speed. And it could eliminate some of the hassles and delays of air travel, according to Musk.

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Short of figuring out real teleportation, which of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment,” wrote Musk, the Internet entrepreneur who is fond of laying out his ideas in Twitter and blog postings. (more…)

Tesla Reveals New Model X Crossover

Maybe it is rocket science?

by on Feb.10, 2012

Tesla's Model X features distinctive "falcon" doors that can open even in tight quarters, like this garage.

It’s not rocket science.  Well, maybe it is.  Using his other big venture, the Space X rocket factory, as a background, Tesla Motor Co. CEO pulled the wraps off the company’s next new product, the Model X crossover.

Sharing the same basic platform as Tesla’s upcoming Model S sedan, the new 3-row, 7-seat crossover is a visual standout with its unusual “falcon” rear doors.  The unusual design allows them to be operated in even a tight parking spot, unlike traditional gullwing doors. And it provides easy access to the crossover’s two rear seats.

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The Model X is set to be the second mainstream offering from Tesla which plans to bring its first, the Model S sedan, to market later in 2012.  The Model X is expected to follow within a year.

The crossover will use the same pancake-style battery layout, with the lithium-ion pack mounted in the platform beneath the passenger compartment.  One difference is that the small, 40 kilowatt-hour pack offered in the Model S won’t be available for the Model X. Crossover buyers will have the choice of a 60 or an 85 kWh pack.

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