The Extraordinary Life Of Elon Musk.
We are very fortunate he isn't a man out of time. Unlike Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Nikolas Tesla before him, he is living in the right moment, in the right generation and in the right socio-economic climate. The man himself, Elon Musk, the Henry Ford of our generation, doesn't have to hide any of his ideas behind any religious or political agendas. The Co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, Co-founder and CEO of SpaceX, former CEO of PayPal, largest shareholder of SolarCity (co-founded by his cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive), has engineered a computer game, Blastar, before his teens (at the age 12) and owner of Hyperloop a concept of creating a new form of transportation that would take you between the Greater Los Angeles area and San Francisco bay area in little over half an hour (that's 350 miles in roughly 35 minutes, i.e. faster than air travel) stated himself:
"Well, I do. Do I think that there's some sort of master intelligence architecting all of this stuff? I think probably not because then you have to say, "Where does the master intelligence come from?" So it sort of begs the question. So I think really you can explain this with the fundamental laws of physics. You know its complex phenomenon from simple elements."
Although he stated his opinion on such controversial subject matter, he has prayed in the past for very important events in his life, such as the initial launch of Falcon1. In the next few years, this man's name will be on everyone's lips. Sit back, relax, throw down a cup of tea or coffee for yourself with some biscuits and pie as I begin to take you through what I believe will be the general starting point of people from around the world getting to know this man. Tesla Motors and more specifically the Tesla Model S has so much ingenuity, creativity and out of the box thinking gone into this car that they even came up with their own unique red. The Model S has a range of 260 km (160 miles) all the ways up to 502 km (312 miles), depending on the year and kW Power you buy. Consecutively the power ranges from 235 hp up to 762 hp. This means that in 0-60 mph (0- ~=96.56km/h) the car at low water has a time of 6.5 sec and considering the 762 hp model has a time of 2.8 sec. To make it even better if one was to consider that they drive annually 15,000 miles (~=24,139.04 km) it would only cost them between 600-700$. Think about that for a moment and think about it again. 600$, which is less money than buying an Apple iPhone 6!
That's right folks the price range to buy one of these magnificent feats of engineering may be between $50,000 - $104,000, but it is a false economy to think you have wasted money buying the car, contemplating the running costs and maintenance (virtually zero). Taking on a fresh approach in car manufacture, Elon Musk has revolutionised the way we think about cars in such a way that it could be the extinction of gasoline, petrol and diesel motors in the next 10 years. We also have the Drive Motor, the heart of the car. This motor is about the size of an A4 sheet of paper yet it powers an aluminium body, saloon, potential 7 seat family car. What is even more astonishing is the fact that the car has no transmission or drive shaft. That's right folks the car literally only has two gears forward and reverse. And to make it even more amazing all you need most of the time is the acceleration pedal. Why, you ask? As soon as you ease off the acceleration, a concept known as regen-breaking kicks in. This slows down the car without touching the brake pedal. How awesome is that? I'd say pretty freaking awesome!
Since September 2014 for the model S, there is a camera at the top of the windshield, ultrasound acoustic location in the front and rear bumpers (which allows a buffer zone to encompass the car) and radar in the lower grill. Yep it is set up like a submarine only on land. Lane markings, obstacles, other vehicles and even road signs have become obsolete to observe as the technology is finally here to allow for semi-autonomous driving (a sort of adaptive cruise control) and full parking capabilities. The cars sold from October 2014 receive general updates wirelessly but also receives software updates for the auto-pilot feature. In a lot of situations the car driving becomes hands-free! And it is only working towards a fully autonomous car. Yep! Type in where you want to go, have a snooze and be woke by alarm when you have reached your destination. That technology is knocking on the door! The Model S is already able to drive on open highways (Tested between Seattle and San Francisco as of March 2015. There is a driver but he is instructed to let it drive unassisted until it comes into difficulties) and private property. Shortly everyone that owns a Model S will be able to receive an app on their smart phone allowing them to bring their car in an out of their garage without even sitting in it. Until safety regulations have been set, this feature will not be available. We won't be able to cross the bridge until the road on top of it first has been paved and the gate opened. To be able to travel 180 miles (290 km), one only needs half an hour of charging with a supercharger at a DC rapid-charging station. To fill the whole batteries, one only has to rest for an hour and they will get a potential of 502 km out of the car. Considering this fact, welcome to the age of the electric car revolution. It has arrived and it is here to stay.
Nearly 80,000 units have been sold as of June 2015 and it looks like countries in main land Europe are starting to follow the trend with sales in Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany topping the polls. It has even reached far across the world to places like China and Hong Kong! Think about that for a second. Two countries which suffer heavily from smog are starting to turn green. Speaking of green, here are some awards the car has won in the last few years.
To see a full list, go to the wiki page of the Tesla Model S:Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year, a unanimous decision and the first winner in the award's history to not be powered by an internal combustion engine. The Telegraph included the Model S in its list of the top 10 cars that changed the world published in December 2014, and also named the electric sedan the most important car of the last 20 years. Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award.
I leave you with these concluding remarks: How do you see the world in the next 10, 20 or even 50 years? Do you like the way we are treating the planet or can you see much needed improvements? If so please, please don't hesitate to do something about it. If Elon Musk who used to go to school like you feels he can make a difference, no matter how big or small, then you can too. That is my firm belief and it is one I will keep belief in until I die. In my opinion, the ultimate genius has arrived and he is here to stay, The Extraordinary and Wonderful Elon Musk, a man of the time he is in! In the next blog I will talk about his other inventions and how they are going to change the way we look at energy, electricity costs and many more ideas and realisations.