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Forget the Freeway, Tesla’s Musk Now Aims for the Moon

His SpaceX set to send two “tourists” into lunar orbit.

by on Feb.28, 2017

If all goes according to plan, two paid "tourists" will get to see this view for the first time since the Apollo mission ended in 1972.

Elon Musk has long been shooting for the moon, and now he wants to do it quite literally. The founder of both Tesla, the electric vehicle maker, as well as rocket launch company SpaceX, says he intends to send two “tourists” on a week-long trip to orbit the moon a little more than a year from now.

They’d ride in a modified version of the Dragon spacecraft that SpaceX is planning to use to begin ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2018, allowing NASA to stop relying on the Russians to get there. According to Musk, there are already two paying customers who have plunked down a “significant deposit” for the lunar mission.

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“Next year is going to be the big year for carrying people,” Musk said during a news conference. “This should be a really exciting mission that hopefully gets the world really excited about sending people into deep space again.”


Tesla Ready to Launch Model X, Autonomous Driving Tech to Follow

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk takes aim at Mars.

by on Jun.10, 2015

Tesla's Elon Musk said the long-awaited Model X will hit showrooms in the last quarter of this year.

After a two-year delay, Tesla finally plans to bring its much-anticipated second product line, the Model X battery-electric SUV, to market within the next three to four months.

The California-based manufacturer also expects to start offering its new auto-pilot, a semi-autonomous driving system, in the coming months, said CEO Elon Musk during Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting. Musk also suggested he is looking forward to a time when rocket launches to Mars become relatively routine, possibly by the SpaceX private rocket company he also controls.

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The Model X is expected to greatly expand the potential audience for Tesla’s products considering the strong demand for utility vehicles. Like the Model S sedan, it will feature a fully electric drivetrain that is expected to be offered with a variety of different battery-pack sizes and performance levels. (more…)

Musk Hopes Patent Move Will Boost EV Sales

Developing cheap, long-range battery nearly as tough as going to Mars, says Tesla founder.

by on Jun.18, 2014

Tesla CEO Elon Musk during a recent TV appearance.

It’s a risky – some would say foolhardy – strategy, but by opening up the company’s patents to its competitors, Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk said he is hoping to stimulate completion in the battery-car market.

In a pair of television interviews, the South African-born entrepreneur also noted that he is looking to develop a cheap, long-range battery that will make it possible to produce a “compelling, mass-market” electric vehicle. But Musk, who also runs the SpaceX rocket company, admitted that goal is nearly as tough as sending a man to Mars.


The list of companies that have tried and failed to break into the automotive market is long, Musk said during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, adding that stimulating competition by giving away your patents, while unorthodox, is one way to encourage more competition – and investments — in battery-cars.

“If we succeed, it will help kick-start electric vehicle sales,” he said, noting that Tesla’s sales are expected to grow by almost 60% this year to 35,000 Model S sedans, compared with about 22,000 in 2013.


Tesla’s Musk Has No Plans of Leaving CEO Job

Chief exec blames Ford for taking the SEX out of Tesla’s plans.

by on Jun.04, 2014

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk told Tesla shareholders he plans to remain in charge of the company for at least the next four or five years.

He may be splitting his long days between carmaking, space exploration and solar cells, but Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says he expects to remain in his post at the helm of the battery-carmaker for at least another four or five years.

Musk outlined his plans for Tesla during the maker’s annual shareholders meeting, noting he plans to stick around through the launch of the upcoming Model X sport-ute, as well as a more mainstream battery-car that the company had hoped to call the Model E. But that has apparently run afoul of a trademark at Ford Motor Co., and spoils Tesla’s plans to have a line-up that spelled out SEX.

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“They are killing SEX,” Musk jokingly told shareholders, noting that Ford had threatened to sue Tesla. But he hints there’s another sexy alternative name Tesla is working on. (more…)

Battery Pickups and Commercial Aircraft? Tesla’s Musk Exploring New Options

There are, of course, some more immediate problems.

by on Nov.14, 2013

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk isn't limiting himself to battery sedans.

One thing that’s become obvious about South African-born billionaire Elon Musk: he is willing to spend his money on anything that interests him, and in recent years that has covered a range of bases as diverse as electric cars, rocket ships, solar panels and even high-speed inter-urban transportation.

So, what next?  Musk has been dropping a number of different hints of late, and based on his history, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see more than a few new projects surface.  In fact, the Tesla Motor Co. founder and CEO has dropped a few hints of his own in recent days, telling one interviewer there is “an interesting opportunity” in the commercial aviation industry, while suggesting to another “we have to deliver” a competitor to the most popular vehicle in the U.S. market. That seems to translate into an electric pickup.

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Indeed, Musk’s comments on CNN Money wouldn’t be the first time he has expressed an interest in putting a batteries into a truck. He first broached the subject last April during a visit to Texas, at the time going so far as to suggest, ““When we do establish a manufacturing plant outside of California, Texas would be a leading candidate for that.”


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…)