Elon Musk is a visionary CEO in the field of transportation and a startupper in Cognitive Enhancement.
He covers the Ground with The Boring Company, a tunneling company, Tesla Motors, an electric car company and Hyperloop, an over 1000 Km/h speed train, dreams to connects majors cities with rockets and colonize Mars with Space X.
Will he succeed in some of this feats? Will he survive the hype? we hope so! In the meantime let’s dream with the descriptions of his plans and a cool video renderings.
The Boring Company
The Boring Company objective is to build tunnels in order to transport cars, trains and passengers cabins below and inter-cities.
(Skate render for transport people from The Boring Company)
The plan is to use electrics skates to transport the vehicles below the street and into the Tunnels at 200 Km/h.
(Source: The Boring Company Youtube Channel,2017)
To create an economically viable under a network of streets, even the machines to dig the tunnels are mindblowing.
A “Boring” machine excavator
To reduce costs and aims t build a network of Tunnels that will go deeper and faster than traditional metro lines those excavators are powered only by electricity and at the same time excavate and compact the galleries.
The Boring Company is already proposing to work under Los Angeles for a tract that would start from West Los Angeles to Inglewood.
But what about security in case of Earthquakes?
Deep underground galleries are the safest places to be during tremors, tunnels tend to move uniformly with the terrain limiting damages to people.
If successful this technology will help to alleviate surface transportation traffic
Do people dream of electric cars? Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors is one of the most known and controversial projects of Elon Musk.
It promises to free ourselves from the dependence from gasoline and increase security on the street with autopilot but seems to be one of the most difficult technologies to market. Bottlenecks in production of the electric batteries that power the car have blocked the mass production of the “cheap” model 3 (base model price $35000) for at least 6 months in 2017.
Recently Tesla Motors announced the Tesla Semi-Truck and the new Tesla Roadster 2020.Both vehicles are electric and have impressive performances and features, Semi can run up from 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds, has an autonomy of 650 km, can be recharged in 30 minutes, and compared to actual gasoline trucks cost 25% less; the Roadster is a 4 seater and will go from 1-100 km/h in 1.9 seconds, reach a top speed of 400 km/h and has an autonomy of 1000 km. It is yet to be seen if this gamble is a desperate swansong to bring more cash to the firm or ash rising Phoenix.
Semi and Roadster announcement, courtesy of The Verge
The stimulus that Tesla has given to car automakers market is incredible: now every worldwide automaker has announced the intention to enter in the electric car market as fast as possible to not fall behind.
On the side note, who would have guessed that an invention from my hometown could potentially save the world? I guess that Alessandro Volta is triple piking in his tomb right now.
To finish the reel on ground transportation there is the Hyperloop train.
While Elon Musk is not directly involved in the realization of project he sparked the idea open sourcing the project technology to companies and universities around the world to create an efficient transportation.
Hyperloop is a technology based on vacuum technology and linear electric motors or magnetic levitation. Capsules containing people and goods will be launched in tubes were the pressure will be maintained as low as possible to avoid attrition and enhance speed.
Hyperloop technology will be able to reach 1080 km/h and various parties are working on it.
Hyperloop one, a private company that is developing the technology and now partnered by Virgin, is planning to realize the first routes by 2021.
The possible routes considered by Hyperloop one throughout a worldwide competition are:
- Toronto – Montreal: 640 km, 39 min
- Toronto – Ottawa: 450 km, 27 min
- Ottawa – Montreal: 190 km, 12 min
Cheyenne- Denver – Pueblo (USA)
- Denver – Greeley: 64km, 6 min
- Denver – Fort Collins: 129km, 9 min
- Denver – Vail: 121 km, 9 min
- Denver – Colorado Springs: 118 km, 9 min
- Colorado Springs – Pueblo: 65 km, 6 min
- Total Route Length: 580 km
Miami – Orlando: 414 km, 25 min
Dallas – Laredo -Houston (USA)
- Dallas – Houston: 789 km, 46 min
- Dallas – Austin: 322 km, 19 min
- Austin – San Antonio: 121 km, 8 min
- San Antonio – Houston: 346 km, 21 min
- Laredo – San Antonio: 242km, 16 min
- Total Route Length: 1030 km
Chicago -Columbus – Pittisburgh (USA)
- Chicago – Pittsburgh: 785 km, 47 min
- Chicago – Columbus: 493 km, 29 min
- Columbus – Pittsburgh: 292 km, 18 min
Mexico City -Guadalajara (Mexico)
- Mexico City – Guadalajara: 532 km, 38 min
- Mexico City – Querétaro: 190 km, 13 min
- Querétaro – León: 184 km, 12 min
- León – Guadalajara: 205 km, 13 min
Edinburgh – London (UK)
- Edinburgh – London: 666 km, 50 min
- Edinburgh – Manchester: 330 km, 24 min
- Manchester – Birmingham: 143 km, 12 min
- Birmingham – London: 193 km, 14 min
Glasgow – Liverpool (UK)
- Glasgow – Liverpool: 545 km, 47 min
- Glasgow – Edinburgh: 68 km, 7 min
- Edinburgh – Newcastle: 193 km, 14 min
- Newcastle – Leeds: 158 km, 13 min
- Leeds – Manchester: 71 km, 7 min
- Manchester – Liverpool: 55 km, 6 min
Bengaluru – Chennai (India)
- Bengaluru – Chennai: 334 km, 23 min
- Bengaluru – Chittoor: 178 km, 12 min
- Chittoor – Chennai: 156 km, 11 min
Mumbai – Chennai (India)
- Mumbai – Chennai: 1102 km, 63 min
- Mumbai – Bengaluru: 817 km, 47 min
- Bengaluru – Chennai: 285 km, 18 min
(Images and information from Hyperloop one corporate website)
In part 2 of this post, I will cover fly and space transportation by Elon Musk.