Joburg’s visionary planet saver’s Master Plan — Part Two
ELON Musk tweeted he is looking forward to tomorrow night’s opening of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.
The factory is scheduled to start making cheaper lithiumion batteries cells for the company’s electric cars and Powerwall battery from year-end, and forms part of Musk’s master plan to wean the world of fossil fuels.
The visionary planet saver from South Africa reminded the world he published this plan on his blog 10 years ago, and pointed out it has now reached its second stage.
He said his plan wasn’t all that complicated and basically consisted of:
• Creating a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive,
• Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price,
• Use that money to create an affordable, high volume car, and • Provide solar power. “No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years,” wrote Musk.
“The reason we had to start off with step one was that it was all I could afford to do with what I made from PayPal.
“I thought our chances of success were so low that I didn’t want to risk anyone’s funds in the beginning but my own. The list of successful car company startups is short. As of 2016, the number of American car companies that haven’t gone bankrupt is a grand total of two — Ford and Tesla.
“Starting a car company is idiotic and an electric car company is idiocy squared,” he stated.
Ten years on, Musk reminded the world last week his aim is to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy, “so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good”.
Musk said the world must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy “or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilisation will collapse”.
“That’s what ‘sustainable’ means. It’s not some silly, hippy thing — it matters for everyone,” he wrote.
“Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better.”
To to make that day come sooner. Tesla is now working to:
• Integrate energy generation and storage with Tesla, SolarCity and Powerwall.
• Expand to cover the major forms of terrestrial transport, adding cheaper electric cars, as well as a future compact SUV and a new kind of pickup truck, the Tesla’s current range of premium sedans and SUVs.
“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year.
“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.
“With the advent of autonomy, it will probably make sense to shrink the size of buses and transition the role of bus driver to that of fleet manager.
“Traffic congestion would improve due to increased passenger density by eliminating the centre aisle and putting seats where there are currently entryways, and matching acceleration and braking to other vehicles, thus avoiding the inertial impedance to smooth traffic flow of traditional heavy buses.
“It would also take people all the way to their destination. Fixed summon buttons at existing bus stops would serve those who don’t have a phone. Design accommodates wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.”
He summarised the Master Plan, Part Two as:
• Create stunning solar roofs with seamlessly integrated battery storage,
• Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments,
• Develop a self-driving capability that is 10 times safer than manual via massive fleet learning, and
• Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it. — Witness Reporter.
Elon Musk, who is implementing phase two of a visionary plan to make roads driveable again.