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PostHeaderIcon Does a Convertible Tesla Model S Sound Enticing?

Don’t look now, but Ares Design might remain relevant in the ever-changing news cycle in the coming months. The Italian coachbuilder made headlines last week when it announced plans to develop a modern-day version of the Ferrari 412. Now it’s back in our feed with what looks to be another project in the fold, this time for the Tesla Model S. If you’ve been pining to see a convertible version of the Model S, you can stop begging Tesla to do one. Ares will do it for you.


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“Once the convertible Model S is built, Ares expects it to cost around the same as the shooting brake version”

Ares’ plan for a convertible Model S isn’t even the first Tesla project it’s undertaken. The company is in the final stages of developing a shooting brake version of the electric sedan. It’s even said that the model will be available sometime in the next few months at a price of around $250,000 to $310,000 per unit.

Given its timetable, we can assume that the development of the convertible Model S will take begin once the shooting brake model hits the market. We know very little about it at this point, but the sketches do show an interesting design that past convertible Model S projects did not have. Look closer, and you’ll notice that Ares’ adopted for a two-door convertible design, a departure from the version NCE developed back in 2015.

Even if it’s still a design sketch, there’s something appealing about Ares’ version of a convertible Model S. For one, it looks more like a natural convertible, largely because of the disappearance of the two rear doors. The soft-top roof also gives it a classy vibe, though the company did say that a hard-top convertible is also in the pipeline. Once the convertible Model S is built, Ares expects it to cost around the same as the shooting brake version. If you’re interested in getting one, you’ll need to prepare for the financial windfall as early as now.

But if you’re like me who simply wants to admire it, sit back, and enjoy whatever Ares does with its sketches. Given its history as a coachbuilder, I’ve no doubt it’s going to be special.

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PostHeaderIcon Falcon Heavy Launch Sends Tesla Roadster And Starman Into The Great Beyond, But Now What?

Earlier this week, SpaceX lit the fuse on its biggest, baddest rocket to date. Dubbed the Falcon Heavy, the test flight was, more or less, a success. But the question remains – where do we go from here? Read on for a full rundown on what happened with the launch, as well as what to expect next.

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Three… Two… One… Blast Off!


On Tuesday, February 6th, at 3:45 PM EST, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the same pad where the historic Apollo Moon missions took flight almost half a century prior. With all 27 of its individual Merlin engines lit, the Falcon Heavy produced over 5 million pounds of thrust, shooting into the sky in a brilliant display of fire and smoke.

Once the first stage was complete, the rocket’s side boosters were jettisoned and redirected back towards Earth, where they landed simultaneously on the ground on parallel landing pads in Florida. Then the core booster was detached and redirected towards a “drone ship” landing pad located in the Atlantic Ocean.


Unfortunately, the core failed to ignite all three of its re-entry engines, and as a result, it hit the ocean at a rate of approximately 300 mph. It also missed the drone ship by about 300 feet, but the impact was great enough to take out two of the ship’s engines, while also “[showering] the deck with shrapnel,” according to Musk.

The Roadster Is Deployed


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“SpaceX deployed the upper portion's fairing, revealing the Roadster and its Starman pilot and providing onlookers with a spectacular sight – one red drop-top sports car, plus humanoid figure in the driver's seat, both circling high above our Blue Dot as David Bowie's “Life On Mars?” twinkled in the background.”

Regardless of the failed core landing, the Falcon Heavy’s payload remained intact. After the core engine was disengaged, the upper stage engine was lit, propelling it into an even higher orbit around the Earth. Then SpaceX deployed the upper portion’s fairing, revealing the Roadster and its Starman pilot and providing onlookers with a spectacular sight – one red drop-top sports car, plus humanoid figure in the driver’s seat, both circling high above our Blue Dot as David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?” twinkled in the background. On the car’s infotainment screen was a plaque inscribed with “Don’t Panic!”, a reference to Douglas Adams’ famous novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” No word on whether or not Starman brought a towel.

What followed was a six-hour “drift” intended to demonstrate a particularly technical orbital maneuver for the U.S. Air Force, during which SpaceX streamed a live feed of Starman drifting through the cosmos, with Earth and the infinite beyond providing the backdrop.


After enduring the intense radiation of the Val Allen belts, Starman and his Tesla got one final nudge out towards space. This last burn was intended to put the Roadster into orbit around the Sun for a slingshot out towards Mars, but according to recent posts to Musk’s Twitter feed, it looks as though the payload will overshoot its target.

Rather than heading towards Mars as originally planned, it was initially believed that the burn would send Starman out as far as the Asteroid Belt, about 330 million miles from the Sun. However, the latest revised figures now put the orbit at roughly 160 million miles from the Sun, which is short of the asteroids, but still an overshoot on the original Mars target.

After breaking news of the overshoot on Twitter, Musk posted one final pic of Starman with Earth in the background.



Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

“It's not immediately obvious what will happen to Starman and his Tesla, but odds are it'll be obliterated by some kind of object (such as micrometeorites) as it travels through space at 25,000 mph.”

It’s not immediately obvious what will happen to Starman and his Tesla, but odds are it’ll be obliterated by some kind of object (such as micrometeorites) as it travels through space at 25,000 mph. Cosmic radiation will also wreak havoc on the various leather and plastic bits in the car. If Starman survives the journey through space, the Sun’s gravity will eventually loop him back towards the inner planets.

So What Next?


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“With the Falcon Heavy, companies looking far beyond Earth orbit now have options on the table. The launch signifies nothing less than a new era in commercial rocketry, with payload potentials that haven't been seen since the U.S. first sent astronauts to the Moon half a century ago.”

Despite the fact the core booster was obliterated and the payload overshot its target, this test flight is still considered a monumental success. The fact that the Falcon Heavy simply got off the ground opens up new opportunities for deep -space exploration, and the fact that the side boosters landed faultlessly demonstrates that the reusable rocket concept is now a very real thing.

And that’s huge for the space industry. With the Falcon Heavy, companies looking far beyond Earth orbit now have options on the table. The launch signifies nothing less than a new era in commercial rocketry, with payload potentials that haven’t been seen since the U.S. first sent astronauts to the Moon half a century ago. Not only that, but the reusable rocket concept promises to drive down costs significantly. Think around $10 million per launch, as opposed to upwards of $1 billion per launch.

“I’m very excited about this launch because I think this is really gonna show we can do giant rockets again,” Musk said in interview with The Verge prior to the launch of Falcon Heavy. “Most space organizations, government or commercial, set their sights too low. They’ve really gotten, well, relatively small rockets, and Falcon Heavy is the first time that there’s something arguably even in the super-heavy class, or somewhere between heavy and super-heavy. And showing that you can launch a giant rocket and have it be commercially viable, carry satellites, potentially carry people.”

The next steps for SpaceX are clear – continue development of its rocket technology, while simultaneously ramping up the launch schedule. First on the to-do list: figure out what happened with the core booster’s landing burn. It’s also expected that the Falcon 9 rocket will see incremental improvements across the board.


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“The next steps for SpaceX are clear – continue development of its rocket technology, while simultaneously ramping up the launch schedule.”

Furthermore, SpaceX has a newer, even larger candle in the works. It’s called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR for short, and it’s capable of putting a 330,000-pound payload into low-Earth orbit (the Falcon Heavy’s max payload for low-Earth orbit is set at 140,700 pounds).

SpaceX hopes the BFR will replace both the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy by 2020, with the intention being its implementation for use in missions around the Earth, around the Moon, and eventually, all the way to Mars.

However, until the BFR is operational, the Falcon Heavy and the Falcon 9 will make up the entirety of SpaceX’s future missions. The private company is aiming to launch as many as a dozen flights in 2018, including a Saudi Arabian communications satellite and a payload for the U.S. military, plus cargo deliveries to the International Space Station.

All cool stuff, no doubt about it. But even crazier are SpaceX’s intentions to charter flights around the Moon for well-paying customers by the end of the year.

That’s right folks – the age of space tourism is very nearly upon us.

So what’s the end game? That much is clear – Elon Musk hopes to one day colonize Mars. However, getting there from here isn’t exactly a straight-forward enterprise.


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“So what's the end game? That much is clear – Elon Musk hopes to one day colonize Mars.”

For starters, the launch vehicle to get us there needs a little work. Overshooting the target is fine when the payload is a mannequin in a Tesla. Once human lives come into play, those kinds of issues will obviously need to be resolved.

The BFR is the most obvious candidate for the job, but if it’s not ready, Musk has stated that a Falcon Heavy topped with a Dragon spacecraft would work just as well.

However, once we’re headed in the right direction, a new host of problems present themselves. The journey to Mars should take between six and eight months, which is a long time to be in space. Never mind the issue of food and water – the simple lack of gravity will cause muscles to atrophy and bones to deteriorate, while the extended isolation and tight quarters will wreak havoc on an astronaut’s mind. Cosmic rays will also be an issue, causing cellular mutations and raising the risk of cancer.

Actually landing on Mars is an enormous undertaking in and of itself, but assuming everything falls into place, it’s not yet clear how humans will be able to set-up a livable environment. Actually sustaining a colony on the Red Planet would require an insane amount of resources, all of which would need to be packed into the spacecraft with the actual astronauts in tow. One possibility is to send a supply ship ahead of the humans or after they arrive, but again, everything would have to go perfectly, or else it’s game over for all involved.


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“All told, there's quite a few details that need to be ironed out before humanity can walk on Mars. That said, after watching Starman cruise around the Earth, arm propped casually on the window sill, it doesn't seem impossible.”

All told, there’s quite a few details that need to be ironed out before humanity can walk on Mars. That said, after watching Starman cruise around the Earth, arm propped casually on the window sill, it doesn’t seem impossible. Humanity is now closer to inter-planetary travel than ever before.

Unfortunately, we’ve still gotta throw a bit of a wet blanket on the enthusiasm, as it bears mentioning that Musk’s various ventures, from SpaceX to Tesla, have a habit of missing their deadlines. Granted, both companies are insanely ambitious with their timetables, but anyone expecting to book a flight to Olympus Mons next week probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

More realistically, we hope the Falcon Heavy launch inspires other space companies to ramp up the R&D, a sentiment shared by Musk. When it comes to space travel, we say the more the merrier.

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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch A Success; Tesla Roadster And Starman Begin Their Journey

Earlier this afternoon, as a multitude of anxious space exploration fans watched with bated breath, the Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. With all 27 individual Merlin engines lit, the trio of boosters providing more than 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy became the world’s most powerful rocket currently in service, officially launching us into a second Space Age.

Once the first stage was complete, the spent rockets were jettisoned and aimed back at Earth. Moments later, the two side boosters successfully touched down simultaneously on the ground in Florida. The third booster was supposed to land on a drone ship out in the Atlantic, but as it approached, the camera feed cut out due to the extreme vibrations. It’s not yet known if it landed successfully or not, but it’s believed to have crashed into the ocean.

The reusable rockets were designed to make space flight less expensive in the long run. Each Falcon Heavy launch is expected cost around $90 million, while similar flights from government organizations like NASA could cost upwards of $1 billion.

Most importantly though, the Falcon Heavy successfully delivered its payload into orbit. Strapped to the tip of the Falcon Heavy was a first-generation Tesla Roadster (painted in red, or course), complete with “Starman” strapped in at the wheel (Starman being a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit). On the Roadster’s primary infotainment screen were the words “Don’t Panic!”, a reference to Douglas Adam’s classic novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

The goal is to get the Roadster and its Starman passenger into an orbit around the sun that’ll take it by Mars, with the intention being to eventually launch a manned mission to the Red Planet. This successful test launch is the first big step towards that goal. But before it slingshots through the solar system, the Roadster will need to pass through the radiation-filled Van Allen belts, after which there will be a final burn to send Starman towards our planetary neighbor.

Since the launch, social media has been filled with breathtaking imagery, including several shots taken live from the space-traveling drop-top. Make sure to check out the live feed of Starman on YouTube.


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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Working With Semi Customers To Refine Mega Charger Plans

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Back in November, Tesla revealed its all-electric Semi, a product framed as nothing less than the catalyst to a battery-driven revolution in the freight industry. Now, the supporting infrastructure required to make the thing actually work in the real world is starting to come to light, as it was recently revealed that some of the companies that placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi are assisting the California-based automaker in its effort to create a new “Mega Charger” network.

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“Solar power will be a major component of the Mega Charger network, with an array of panels installed at each location to buff up the flow of electrons.”

When Tesla unveiled the Semi last year, it dropped quite a few rather unbelievable specs along the way. Unfortunately, unlike the world of passenger cars, there’s very little room for interpretation here – either it works and the freight arrives on time, or it doesn’t work and you lose money.

As such, the infrastructure required to power the EV Tesla Semi is absolutely critical to its success. To better suit the tight schedules drivers face every day on the road, Tesla is planning something called the Mega Charger network. Similar to Tesla’s passenger-car focused Superchargers, a network composed of some 1,100 charge points scattered around the globe, the plan is to build big-and-burly Mega Chargers along routes heavily trafficked by freight movers, offering extra miles to help Semi drivers get the job done.

Solar power will be a major component of the Mega Charger network, with an array of panels installed at each location to buff up the flow of electrons. Tesla has guaranteed a 7-cent-per-kW cost rate for charging, which is below average compared to what you get from the grid and no doubt buoyed by the previously mentioned solar panels.

The Mega Chargers will also offer an impressive bump in charging rate over the standard Supercharger outlet, with Tesla boasting the potential for as much as 400 miles in just 30 minutes. Half an hour is also roughly the time it takes to unload and load freight, which would make the Mega Charger a solid solution for juicing up a fleet of trucks onsite at various distribution centers.


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“The Mega Chargers will offer an impressive 400 miles in just 30 minutes. Half an hour is also roughly the time it takes to unload and load freight, which would make the Mega Charger a solid solution for juicing up a fleet of trucks onsite at various distribution centers.”

It would appear as though several major freight-reliant firms would agree, as Reuters is reporting that Tesla is teaming up with the likes of Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, and United Parcel Service Inc. to build Mega Chargers at select company facilities. Between them, the three companies mentioned have over 250 Tesla Semis on pre-order.
In total, nine major firms have placed orders for the all-electric vehicle, with standouts including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sysco Corp., UPS, and the grocery chain Loblaw Companies Ltd.

For now, it looks as though the proposed routes each Semi would take would stay within their projected range per charge, which means the on-site Mega Chargers would be sufficient for operation. However, expansion is expected in the future.

PepsiCo, which has 100 Semis on reserve, chimed in. “We have a lot of in-house capability around energy and engineering… and certainly Tesla brings their expertise to the table on energy and charging,” said PepsiCo executive Mike O’Connell to Reuters.

The details of the partnership are still unknown, and it’s uncertain what sort of compensation (if any) Tesla will receive for its design and engineering work. Building costs are also up in the air. However, it’s believed that the various deals are still very much in a state of flux and could change in the future.

There’s also reports that firms are looking into creating new all-electric infrastructure of their own to help bolster the proposed Tesla network around the U.S.


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“It's uncertain how Tesla will meet its proposed timetable, especially when you consider its history of pushed deadlines and the fact it's still struggling to meet the marks for its other model lines, specifically the Model 3.”

However, it’s uncertain how Tesla will meet its proposed timetable, especially when you consider its history of pushed deadlines and the fact it’s still struggling to meet the marks for its other model lines, specifically the Model 3. And that’s particularly unsettling considering just how ambitious the Mega Charger plan is shaping up to be. Some analysts are saying Tesla won’t even be able to deliver on its target delivery date for production of the Semi, which at the moment is set at 2019, making the new infrastructure proposals even more questionable. Meanwhile, there are further doubts among the major trucking companies as to whether the Tesla Semi can even deliver on its specs as promised in the reveal.

But hey – Tesla relishes any opportunity to play the under dog, so that’s about par for the course.

As a reminder, Tesla says the Semi can achieve upwards of 500 miles per charge and hit 60 mph in just 5 seconds without a trailer. With a full 80,000-pound payload hitched up, Tesla says the Semi should be able to hit 60 mph in 20 seconds, as well as climb a 5-percent grade at 65 mph. Pricing is set between $150,000 and $200,000 depending on the range-per-charge option selected. CEO Elon Musk claims the cost of the Semi will be recouped in fuel savings alone over the course of a million-mile lifetime.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk is Launching His 2008 Tesla Roadster into Space Today

What does a CEO of both an automaker and a rocketmaker do to cross-promote? Why launch a sports car into space. That’s exactly what Elon Musk is doing with his personal 2008 Tesla Roadster during today’s first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, February 6 with its flight computer programmed for Mars. “[It’s a] red car for a red planet,” Musk tweeted back in December. The module atop the Falcon Heavy will then enter a hyperbolic orbit between Mars and the Sun, which it could theoretically maintain for a billion years. Better yet, the car’s radio will be playing Zarathustra, the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey. A mannequin affectionately named “Starman” will also be behind the wheel a wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is a huge milestone for SpaceX. While the Tesla Roadster is more of a silly payload, this trial launch will prove SpaceX has its math right. The Falcon Heavy is currently the largest and most powerful rocket in operation and is second only to NASA’s mighty Saturn V rocket used during the Apollo series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Falcon Heavy is said to have a payload capacity of 70 tons – roughly 2.6 times that of NASA’s shuttle orbiter.

Like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Falcon Heavy’s main stage will launch its payload toward space before separating and landing itself back on earth. The second stage will continue to run as it escapes earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull. Of course, Musk isn’t planning to send a fleet of Tesla vehicles into space, but rather has plans for manned missions to the Moon and then onto Mars.

The launch is scheduled to happen between 1:30 and 4:30 pm EST from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, the same one used for Apollo and Shuttle launches.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk is Launching His 2008 Tesla Roadster into Space Today

What does a CEO of both an automaker and a rocketmaker do to cross-promote? Why launch a sports car into space. That’s exactly what Elon Musk is doing with his personal 2008 Tesla Roadster during today’s first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket.

The rocket will launch from the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, February 6 with its flight computer programmed for Mars. “[It’s a] red car for a red planet,” Musk tweeted back in December. The module atop the Falcon Heavy will then enter a hyperbolic orbit between Mars and the Sun, which it could theoretically maintain for a billion years. Better yet, the car’s radio will be playing Zarathustra, the theme song from 2001: A Space Odyssey. A mannequin affectionately named “Starman” will also be behind the wheel a wearing a SpaceX spacesuit.

The Falcon Heavy rocket is a huge milestone for SpaceX. While the Tesla Roadster is more of a silly payload, this trial launch will prove SpaceX has its math right. The Falcon Heavy is currently the largest and most powerful rocket in operation and is second only to NASA’s mighty Saturn V rocket used during the Apollo series in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Falcon Heavy is said to have a payload capacity of 70 tons – roughly 2.6 times that of NASA’s shuttle orbiter.

Like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Falcon Heavy’s main stage will launch its payload toward space before separating and landing itself back on earth. The second stage will continue to run as it escapes earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull. Of course, Musk isn’t planning to send a fleet of Tesla vehicles into space, but rather has plans for manned missions to the Moon and then onto Mars.

The launch is scheduled to happen between 1:30 and 4:30 pm EST from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A, the same one used for Apollo and Shuttle launches.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Heavy Launch With Tesla Roadster And Starman Payload

We here at TopSpeed are getting stoked for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and this latest animation is just fanning the flames. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to blast off at 1:30 EST from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. Powered by 27 individual Merlin first-stage rockets doling out a combined 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy will be carrying a payload consisting of a first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus “Starman,” a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit, in the driver’s seat.

At about 3-and-a-half minutes in length, the video is an animation that walks us through each stage of the mission, from initial takeoff, to the booster recovery, to the final sendoff for the payload, all of which is set to the audio backdrop of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”. All very fitting, considering the endgame is a manned mission to the Red Planet some time in the future. The Roadster will be set on a heliocentric orbit that’ll take it between the Earth and Mars, possibly laying the groundwork for a future Martian colony supply line. While typically these sorts of test missions involve simple weights, the addition of a red sports drop-top manned by a dummy adds a certain artistic quality to it, don’t you think?


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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Demonstrates Falcon Heavy Launch With Tesla Roadster And Starman Payload

We here at TopSpeed are getting stoked for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket tomorrow, and this latest animation is just fanning the flames. The Falcon Heavy is scheduled to blast off at 1:30 EST from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida. Powered by 27 individual Merlin first-stage rockets doling out a combined 5 million pounds of thrust, the Falcon Heavy will be carrying a payload consisting of a first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus “Starman,” a dummy wearing the SpaceX spacesuit, in the driver’s seat.

At about 3-and-a-half minutes in length, the video is an animation that walks us through each stage of the mission, from initial takeoff, to the booster recovery, to the final sendoff for the payload, all of which is set to the audio backdrop of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?”. All very fitting, considering the endgame is a manned mission to the Red Planet some time in the future. The Roadster will be set on a heliocentric orbit that’ll take it between the Earth and Mars, possibly laying the groundwork for a future Martian colony supply line. While typically these sorts of test missions involve simple weights, the addition of a red sports drop-top manned by a dummy adds a certain artistic quality to it, don’t you think?


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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Tomorrow With Starman At The Helm Of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

The final countdown is now imminent. Following a successful static test, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is now cleared for the real thing, with liftoff scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The payload will include a deep-red first-gen Tesla Roadster with “Starman” strapped into the driver’s seat.

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“The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars. But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors.”

After a bit of a delay courtesy of last month’s brief government shutdown, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is back and ready to roll. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promoted the launch through his various social media channels, posting pics and stoking the flames of space exploration enthusiasm. The mission will blast off tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST.

Output from the massive rocket is rated at over 5 million pounds of thrust, which is roughly equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft at full bore. Thanks to its 27 Merlin first-stage rockets (which basically makes it three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together), the Falcon Heavy can put a 140,660-pound payload into low-Earth orbit, and is considered the most powerful rocket currently in service by a factor of two.

The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars.


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“Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk – a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top.”

But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors. Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk –
a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top. Named after the classic David Bowie song from the earl ’70s, Starman’s purpose in the mission isn’t entirely clear, but it appears as though he’s decked-out in SpaceX’s space suit, which could suggest some pressure testing in the vacuum of the great beyond.

The Falcon Heavy will launch tomorrow from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, taking off from pad 39A, the same slab that launched the Apollo moon missions. The finalization of the launch date should come as a relief to the upstart space company after it experienced multiple delays, with the original launch date scheduled between 2013 and 2014. But hey, better late than never, right?


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“The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it'll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way.”

The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it’ll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way. According to Popular Mechanics, this orbit would allow for an easy transition between the Earth and the Red Planet, and could provide a good framework for a Martian colony supply line sometime in the future. For now though, the Roadster will be careening around the solar system for about “a billion” years, give or take, with Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat throughout the journey in continuation of the theme.

After sending the payload on its way, all three boosters will hopefully land safely back on earth, with two touching down on land and the third landing on SpaceX’s drone ship at sea. SpaceX hopes to make space travel more affordable by developing reusable rockets.

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PostHeaderIcon SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Tomorrow With Starman At The Helm Of Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster

The final countdown is now imminent. Following a successful static test, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is now cleared for the real thing, with liftoff scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. The payload will include a deep-red first-gen Tesla Roadster with “Starman” strapped into the driver’s seat.

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“The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars. But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors.”

After a bit of a delay courtesy of last month’s brief government shutdown, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is back and ready to roll. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk promoted the launch through his various social media channels, posting pics and stoking the flames of space exploration enthusiasm. The mission will blast off tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST.

Output from the massive rocket is rated at over 5 million pounds of thrust, which is roughly equivalent to eighteen 747 aircraft at full bore. Thanks to its 27 Merlin first-stage rockets (which basically makes it three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together), the Falcon Heavy can put a 140,660-pound payload into low-Earth orbit, and is considered the most powerful rocket currently in service by a factor of two.

The hope is that one day the Falcon Heavy will carry live human astronauts to Mars.


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“Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk – a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top.”

But before we get there, the rocket will need to pass this next test mission with flying colors. Onboard will be a payload consisting of one first-gen Tesla Roadster, plus a new addition as revealed in recent tweets from Musk –
a dummy going by the name of “Starman” strapped in at the controls of the drop-top. Named after the classic David Bowie song from the earl ’70s, Starman’s purpose in the mission isn’t entirely clear, but it appears as though he’s decked-out in SpaceX’s space suit, which could suggest some pressure testing in the vacuum of the great beyond.

The Falcon Heavy will launch tomorrow from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, taking off from pad 39A, the same slab that launched the Apollo moon missions. The finalization of the launch date should come as a relief to the upstart space company after it experienced multiple delays, with the original launch date scheduled between 2013 and 2014. But hey, better late than never, right?


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“The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it'll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way.”

The plan is to put the Roadster into a heliocentric orbit, which means it’ll continuously circle the sun, with close approaches to both the Earth and Mars along the way. According to Popular Mechanics, this orbit would allow for an easy transition between the Earth and the Red Planet, and could provide a good framework for a Martian colony supply line sometime in the future. For now though, the Roadster will be careening around the solar system for about “a billion” years, give or take, with Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on repeat throughout the journey in continuation of the theme.

After sending the payload on its way, all three boosters will hopefully land safely back on earth, with two touching down on land and the third landing on SpaceX’s drone ship at sea. SpaceX hopes to make space travel more affordable by developing reusable rockets.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Heads to Space Aboard Falcon Heavy on February 6th

Mark your calendars, people. February 6 is going to be a historic day for Elon Musk and SpaceX. After months of hype and speculation, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket space ship will finally make its maiden voyage to space. The launch is historic for so many reasons. It once again puts Musk in the spotlight as the real-life equivalent of Tony Stark, a man whose ego is as big as his goals in life. It so happens that one of Musk’s goals is to build the biggest operational rocket in human history at a third of the cost of more contemporary spaceships. As long as Falcon Heavy’s launch happens without a glitch, Musk will once again be on top of the world, bested only by his Cherry Red Tesla Roadster that’s joining Falcon Heavy in its launch to space.


No matter how you look at it, Falcon Heavy’s launch is a big deal for a lot of people. It has huge implications for Musk, his SpaceX company, and the entire U.S. aerospace industry. If Falcon Heavy’s launch is successful, it would not only be a celebration of human ingenuity, but it would also set an example that a vision as grandiose as this could be successful if the right people are behind it and it’s funded properly by private money.

On the other hand, a successful launch could also raise questions about why the federal government should spend billions of tax money to traditional contractors and NASA’s own Space Launch System. That partly explains why the office of Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly keen to find out how the launch goes. That much was divulged by Pence’s own chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who tweeted that the Falcon Heavy launch could have “major (positive) ramifications for US space industry if this goes according to plan.” The Veep has a vested interest in the launch because he now heads the National Space Council, and part of his responsibly is to oversee America’s space policy and commercial space efforts.


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“SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will launch on February 6 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST.”

A successful launch could change the trajectory and focus of the country’s space policy. That kind of effect will have long-term ramifications on a high-spending sector and agency that have largely relied on public money to get their projects — literally — off the ground. If all goes well, Musk may very well be on the cusp of changing the narrative on the U.S. space industry and the future policies that will define how it moves forward.

Once again, mark those calendars. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy will launch on February 6 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST. If for any reason that gets delayed, the backup date will be the next day, February 7. Godspeed, Falcon Heavy (and Tesla Roadster). Here’s to hoping the launch is a success!

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Rent A Tesla In Minneapolis For Super Bowl Week

Normally, if you wanna drive around in a new Tesla for a little while, you gotta have a trusting friend with one already parked in his or her driveway. Now, one rental company in Minnesota is offering folks a shot at experiencing a Tesla first-hand by renting them out during Super Bowl week.

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Thanks to its silent-running motors and low-end all-electron torque shove, driving a Tesla is most definitely an interesting and unique experience. The badge carries quite a bit of clout, which has prompted a variety of rental companies to offer the California-sourced EVs as their exclusive brand. Trevls is one such company, and now the Minneapolis-based firm is setting up shop at the Mall of America to push its 20-Tesla strong fleet out to visitors in town for the Big Game.

Pricing ranges between $195 per day for the Model S sedan, while the Model X sport utility vehicle is $350 per day. Funny enough, Trevls is even offering rental by the hour, which is perfect for anyone looking to take a Tesla for a test drive.


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“Finding a Model S parked inside the Mall of America is a bit of a windfall for Tesla, as the company has been vying to get a location there to tempt potential buyers.”

Finding a Model S parked inside the Mall of America is a bit of a windfall for Tesla, as the company has been vying to get a location there to tempt potential buyers. However, state law stipulates car sales must be done through a dealer, which is a sales model Tesla refuses to adopt, instead preferring direct sales. However, a rental company offering hour-long rates circumvents the issue entirely.

As a reminder, the current Tesla Model S comes in three different flavors, including the 275-mile 75D, the 351-mile 100D, and the top-trim 337-mile P100D. That last model manages an incredible run to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the Model X features seating for up to seven passengers, Falcon Wing doors, and 295 miles per charge.

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PostHeaderIcon Automakers Say Manufacturing Jobs Are Safe From Robot Takeover, For Now

Fears that automation in the auto manufacturing sector will make the human worker redundant are widespread. However, according to a recent report from Bloomberg, the current state of technology still requires a human touch to do the job right.

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“As Bloomberg points out, a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are actually on the rise since the late-2000's financial crises.”

Back in the late 1700’s, the Industrial Revolution ushered in a glut of technological progress as a means of replacing traditional hand production practices, completely upending a variety of manufacturing sectors and forever changing society. These days, the idea of supplanting humans with robotic replacements is still a hot topic, especially in the auto industry, with many workers worried their jobs will soon become a thing of the past. However, Toyota and Honda are adamant that humans are still a vital part of the auto assembly process, as reported by a recent article published by Bloomberg.

Honda, for example, considers the human worker to be irreplaceable, as evidenced by the ratio of humans to robots at its plant in Marysville, Ohio, where it builds the popular Accord four-door. “We can’t find anything to take the place of the human touch and of human senses like sight, hearing and smell,” said the chief operating officer at Honda’s Ohio manufacturing unit, Tom Shoupe, in an interview with Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, Toyota, which produces the popular Camry at its facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, has no further plans of adding any further automation. The same holds true for Mercedes-Benz, which, according to production chief Markus Schaefer, is actually de-automating, relying instead on human hands to install all the optional equipment offered on its various models.

In fact, as Bloomberg points out, a recent study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are actually on the rise since the late-2000’s financial crises.


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“Not that the robots aren't helpful. For example, to build the Accord, Honda uses a machine to lift up the rear suspension and place it into the body. However, human workers are still needed to install the brackets and bolts. ”

Not that the robots aren’t helpful. For example, to build the Accord, Honda uses a machine to lift up the rear suspension and place it into the body. However, human workers are still needed to install the brackets and bolts required to keep it attached, as well as inspect the work afterwards, a job that, so far, no robot can accomplish. Or at least no robot that makes sense to integrate into the production process, that is.

“You have to have timing. I don’t think robots can take over. They don’t have the manual dexterity or judgment that we have,” said James Erwin, a 15-year veteran at Honda’s Marysville plant, to Bloomberg.

At the other side of the equation is Tesla, which is pushing for full automation wherever possible in the hopes of speeding up the assembly process and meeting its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week. So far, the electric car maker is lagging, dropping its goal to 2,500 units for the first quarter of 2018.


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“At the other side of the equation is Tesla, which is pushing for full automation wherever possible in the hopes of speeding up the Model 3 production process. ”

Autonomous cars are also intrinsically tied to these automation fears, with the idea that taxi drivers, freight drivers, and delivery drivers will soon get the boot in lieu of self-driving vehicles. However, the rate of technology development means that while that’s certainly a possibility for the future, the next few decades looks to be pretty safe for job security in these areas. We still have a long way to go before driverless cars move from the lab and onto the highways in any meaningful way.

All told, the fears that robots will eventually take over human jobs are not completely unfounded. However, the timeline for their integration is looking to be far longer than some may claim.

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla’s New Compensation Plan Could Make or Break Elon Musk

Elon Musk is no stranger to taking risks. He built his fortune on the backbone of taking risks. He’s done it in the past, and it looks like he’s doing it again in the form of a 10-year compensation plan that could turn him into the richest man in the world if he accomplishes all his goals for the electric car brand. Tesla’s board of directors reportedly took six months to come up with Musk’s new compensation plan. As a board member himself, Musk recused himself from crafting the plan. He likewise has no vote on whether to pass or scrap it.


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“Musk’s compensation is directly linked to Tesla’s growth, specifically the company increasing its market cap ten-fold over the next ten years.”

If Tesla’s board of directors decides to go with the new plan, Musk’s new long-term compensation plan will be similar to Musk’s current compensation plan, which was based heavily on reaching milestones and being rewarded with tranches of stock options. The new plan is a juiced up version of the old plan. Musk’s compensation is directly linked to Tesla’s growth, specifically the company increasing its market cap ten-fold over the next ten years.

All in all, Musk’s new compensation plan consists of a 10-year grant of stock options that vest in 12 tranches, each of which is tied to milestones that Musk must achieve as Tesla CEO. The first tranche is tied into Tesla’s goal of increasing its market capitalization to $100 billion. Currently, Tesla’s market value sits at $60 billion.


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“Musk’s new compensation plan consists of a 10-year grant of stock options that vest in 12 tranches, each of which is tied to milestones that Musk must achieve as Tesla CEO”

Once that goal is reached, Musk will unlock the remaining 11 tranches if Tesla can increase its market value in $50 billion increments. If the company increases its market value to $150 billion, Musk unlocks another tranche. If he gets it to $200 billion, he unlocks another one. The ultimate goal is for Tesla to increase its market value to a staggering $650 billion by 2028.

Breaking down the incentives attached to each tranche reveals that Musk will receive 1.69 million shares for every $50 billion increase in Tesla’s market value. If he manages to achieve all his goals, Musk’s shares in the company would balloon to 30 percent, jolting his own net worth to around $200 billion. It sounds inconceivable for Musk to achieve all the goals laid out in this new compensation plan, but stranger things have happened in the life of Tesla’s CEO.

It wouldn’t be the first time if he somehow ends up proving us all wrong.

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PostHeaderIcon An AWD Version of the Tesla Model 3 Could Break Cover in Spring 2018

An all-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 has been in the cards for some time. We all know it’s coming; we just don’t know when it’s coming. Turns out, it could arrive sooner than we thought because Tesla appears to be rolling out the dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 as early as the Spring of 2018. Unless your calendars are acting up, the dual-motor Model 3 could arrive as early as March 2018 or as late as June 2018.


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The current timetable for the all-wheel drive Model 3 is intriguing. Spring 2018 is just around the corner so it could really happen anytime. Then again, we’ve seen this song-and-dance from Tesla before. It’s usually accompanied by delay announcements, so I’m taking the current schedule with a grain of salt.


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Then again, that doesn’t mean that we’re not seeing a dual-motor Model 3. It’s still happening because Tesla appears to have leaked it in its online configurator for the Model 3. It’s still available by invite, but those who were able to play around with it found a dual motor option listed just below the standard rear-wheel drive drivetrain. That same option is accompanied by a note saying that it’s arriving in “Spring ’18.”

If you need more proof, another image shows a Model 3 with two motors, one on the front axle and another on the rear axle. According to a Reddit user, the image was found in the HTML code of Tesla’s recently updated configurator.

Franz showing off the Model 3

Posted by Tesla Owners Los Angeles on Friday, January 19, 2018

Take these pieces of evidence however you like, but it’s looking more likely that a dual-motor Tesla Model 3 is arriving sooner than we expected. That doesn’t mean that it’s arriving on schedule, though, because production delays are common occurrences for Tesla. Even if it doesn’t meet its target, it wouldn’t be too bad to get a delay. The important thing is that a dual-motor Model 3 is coming.

Editor’s Note: There has also been what some are saying to be a “performance version” of the Model 3 spotted somewhere in California as posted by TeslaOwnersLA and it was also found that Tesla has registered 19 dual-motor VINs in recent days as shown in the social embeds above

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Employee Crashes Model 3, Charged with DUI After Run-in with a Deer

A Tesla employee found himself in hot water after crashing a Model 3 in California. Adding insult to injury, the man, identified as 38-year-old Colin Flynn, was also charged with DUI.

Flynn’s harrowing adventure occurred in the early morning of Saturday, January 13. According to police reports, the Tesla employee overshot a turn on a road in Morgan Hill, California, sending the car flying around 70 feet before crashing into the far bank of Coyote Creek.

Local police arrived shortly afterwards to find Flynn, unhurt from the crash. The Tesla told the police that the crash occurred after he swerved to avoid a deer, and not because he reeked of alcohol smell. The police asked him to take a breathalyzer test, and when he refused, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported to the local precinct. Once there, Flynn also refused to have blood work done, as required by California law in cases like this. That discretion earned him a charge of obstruction. It wasn’t until officers obtained a search warrant that Flynn decided to cooperate.

As for the Model 3, the electric car was eventually removed from the creek after spending a few hours retrieving it. Authorities also advised all drivers to keep a lookout for the deer that supposedly caused Flynn to fly his Model 3 into the bank of a creek.

Most importantly, don’t drink and drive, folks.

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Posted by Morgan Hill Police Department on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Employee Crashes Model 3, Charged with DUI After Run-in with a Deer

A Tesla employee found himself in hot water after crashing a Model 3 in California. Adding insult to injury, the man, identified as 38-year-old Colin Flynn, was also charged with DUI.

Flynn’s harrowing adventure occurred in the early morning of Saturday, January 13. According to police reports, the Tesla employee overshot a turn on a road in Morgan Hill, California, sending the car flying around 70 feet before crashing into the far bank of Coyote Creek.

Local police arrived shortly afterwards to find Flynn, unhurt from the crash. The Tesla told the police that the crash occurred after he swerved to avoid a deer, and not because he reeked of alcohol smell. The police asked him to take a breathalyzer test, and when he refused, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported to the local precinct. Once there, Flynn also refused to have blood work done, as required by California law in cases like this. That discretion earned him a charge of obstruction. It wasn’t until officers obtained a search warrant that Flynn decided to cooperate.

As for the Model 3, the electric car was eventually removed from the creek after spending a few hours retrieving it. Authorities also advised all drivers to keep a lookout for the deer that supposedly caused Flynn to fly his Model 3 into the bank of a creek.

Most importantly, don’t drink and drive, folks.

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Marty McFly had a car that could fly and travel through time.
James Bond had a car that could drive under water.
We've…

Posted by Morgan Hill Police Department on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile

Tesla has found itself in the middle of a new controversy, though the issue has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology going awry. The issue at hand revolves around the Model 3’s headliner and the material that’s being used on it. Apparently, some owners who have taken delivery of their Model 3’s were surprised to see that the headliner in their cars was covered by weaved textile as opposed to Alcantara.

The issue is cosmetic in nature, but it still left a handful of new Premium Model 3 owners fuming over what they believe to be a bait-and-switch tactic that Tesla is using to sell its new model. While the electric car maker didn’t explicitly say that the Model 3’s headliner would be covered in Alcantara, glam photos of the car’s interior reveal what looks like Alcantara headliner. Unless somebody in the company’s marketing department made a mistake with these photos, it does look like Tesla made the switch in purpose, possibly due to a shortage in Alcantara.

The company came out with a statement on this issue, except that it didn’t address the issue directly. Instead, it admitted that “all Model 3 vehicles are being made with the same premium textile headliner” found in the Model S and Model X, and that this material “has always been planned at this stage of production.”

That’s true in some aspects because base Model 3s use textile as a standard finish. The problem is that the base Model 3 is not yet available. The variant that’s in the market is the Premium Model 3, which is being advertised as having “premium heated seating and cabin materials throughout, including open pore wood décor and two rear USBs.” There’s also something to be said for showing images of the car with an Alcantara headliner and then pivoting to the less-premium textile headliner in the actual car.

It’s hard enough for customers to buy or put reservations on a Model 3 without actually seeing one in the flesh, It doesn’t help that they’re getting unexpected changes to what they think they’re buying, even if it’s something as trivial as the headliner material. Tesla needs to make this right.

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Karma Just Kicked Elon Musk in the Nuts

Another day, another carrot. I just dropped by to tell you that I love karma. Nope, not the Fisker Karma. That karma. The principle that Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. It’s the concept that keeps all life in a perfect balance. And the same concept made Elon Musk look pretty dumb after Hyundai launched the Nexo hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yup, gotta love karma!

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In case you haven’t been following the latest electric car market disputes, Elon Musk made a few smug comments in recent years. One was aimed at the Nissan Leaf when Musk said that the Model 3 will provide more range at a more affordable price. The compact sedan isn’t yet available, as Tesla is struggling with production issues, but we already know that it’s more efficient than the redesigned Leaf. However, it’s a bit more expensive in base trim and significantly pricier if you want the longer range option and some tech. Pricier as in you can buy a BMW instead.

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In early 2016, Musk made a public statement in which it called hydrogen cars “incredibly dumb” when compared to electric vehicle. Granted, he had a few valid reasons about the process of splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen and compressing the latter cars, but it was still pretty rude to just take a dump on all automakers working on fuel cell technology. Especially with so many engineers claiming that it’s a viable solution. Well, Hyundai just launched the hydrogen-powered Nexo SUV with a range of 370 miles, 75 more than the range-topping Tesla Model X. And karma entered the room to kick Elon in the nuts.

Sure, only time will tell if the Nexo is as good as Hyundai claims, but some were skeptical when the Toyota Mirai entered production, and the Japanese sedan has done pretty well until now. And, unlike Tesla, Hyundai has kept its promises recently and didn’t miss its production schedule due to rash decisions. Maybe Elon could take a break and take a few notes from the Koreans. Hydrogen might be worth something after all now that carbon tanks are becoming more affordable and hydrogen stations are becoming a thing. Let’s not forget that hybrid and all-electric drivetrains were considered ludicrous a few decades ago…

Karma wins. Every time.

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PostHeaderIcon Roller Skates and Movies: Tesla Supercharger Locations Could End Up as Drive-In Theaters

Elon Musk is thinking of building a retro drive-in restaurant and theater at a new Tesla Supercharger in Los Angeles. It’s the latest in a series of “ideas” that Musk has proposed in recent years. While it’s not exactly as bold as inhabiting Mars or sending a Tesla Roadster to space, it does come at a time when Tesla is pushing to have more amenities at its Supercharger stations.




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“It follows the same “super gas station” concept that now includes restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, and, in some cases, actual retail stores”

Musk’s plan to turn Tesla’s Supercharger stations into a piece of a bigger retail establishment is a good idea. It follows the same “super gas station” concept that now includes restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, and, in some cases, actual retail stores. We’ve seen them along on the side of highways and freeways all over the country. We’ve even seen them in other countries too.

A Supercharger station that businesses and amenities like these could be a good thing for Tesla owners because charging their cars often take longer than filling up a traditional car with fuel. So while passing the time, they can either get a bite, do some activities, or if Musk has his way, watch a movie in a drive-by theater. The man’s even taking suggestions on Twitter, including the possibility of putting in a menu that can pop up from the Tesla’s digital display as soon as the driver enters the Supercharger station.


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“One of these stations, located in Kettleman City, already has a lounge with a cafe for owners”

There are so many possibilities that Tesla can look into in this sphere. To its credit, it has already started expanding some of its Supercharger stations to include these amenities. One of these stations, located in Kettleman City, already has a lounge with a cafe for owners. There are also plans to reserve a section of the area to allow food trucks to come into the station.

This is one of those plans by Musk that I’m fully onboard with. I wouldn’t even be against adding a car wash service at these Supercharger stations, something that Tesla was actually working on. In the end, the more variety these stations have is going to better in improving customer experience in these charging stations.

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$15,000.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT COUPE LT Z16 7SPD 5K MI #115918 Texas Direct
$59,630.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 10:15:00 PST
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$15,000.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 1965 MUSTANG A CODE 289 4V 4 SPEED FAST BACK RAGOON RED
$6,100.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 15:53:14 PST
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2002 Chevrolet Corvette 2D Coupe 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
$3,600.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 16:48:10 PST
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2016 Ford Mustang GT350 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
$48,000.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 17:00:00 PST
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2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 6-SPEED 19" WHEELS 35K MILES #241252 Texas Direct Auto
$2,850.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 15:44:38 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$15,800.00 (5 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 13:08:59 PST
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2018 Ford F-150 Lariat New 18 Ford F150 Lariat 5L V8 32V 4x4 Pickup Work Truck Tuscany White Leather
$2,025.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 15:43:59 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1955 chevy pickup
$5,500.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 17:37:06 PST
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2006 Chevrolet Other Pickups 2006 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak Crew Cab project truck. Solid and no reserve!
$3,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 11:25:57 PST
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1991 Ford Mustang LX Coupe 1991 Mustang LX Coupe
$10,000.00 (26 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 10:22:17 PST
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2017 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2017 GT Premium New 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium ROUSH RS3
$55,669.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-13-2018 7:50:17 PDT
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 50TH ANNIV AUTO LEATHER NAV 7K MI #139832 Texas Direct
$40,980.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-27-2018 9:09:51 PST
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 2LZ AUTO NAV RED LEATHER 9K MI #605032 Texas Direct Auto
$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 13:15:00 PST
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2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe 2-Door 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Kenne Bell Super Charger Less Than 400 Miles
$50,100.00 (39 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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2007 Ford Mustang GT 2007 Mustang GT premium coupe
$6,100.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 11:20:35 PST
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2015 Ford F-150 LARIAT Ford Crew Cab Lariat 4X4 Ecoboost Custom New Lift Wheels Tires Grill Leather Nav
$35,100.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 11:31:02 PST
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1972 Ford Mustang COUPE NO RESERVE 1972 FORD MUSTANG COUPE 111K ORG MILES 302 V8 A/C SURVIOR RUNS EXCELL
$3,000.00 (31 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 15:02:53 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang GT 1967 Mustang GT Fastback Project 390GT S-Code 4-Speed Dark Moss Green
$17,950.00
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 18:53:53 PST
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1967 Ford Mustang coupe 1967 ford mustang project
$1,625.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 17:38:58 PST
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2016 Ford F-150 2016 FORD F150 XLT CREW 4X4 LIFT HTD SEATS NAV 20'S 20K #C63587 Texas Direct
$24,600.00 (22 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 11:25:52 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Ex-GM Show Car untitled Callaway Camaro 630HP full GM warranty w/Special Options
$74,491.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 11:17:53 PST
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2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2016 GT Premium Used Certified 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium
$13,600.00 (59 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Feb-20-2018 13:14:03 PST
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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2017 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 526HP 6SPD RECARO NAV 1K #524087 Texas Direct
$37,900.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:19:08 PST
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1994 Ford F-150 1994 Ford F150 XLT T1273976
$1,595.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 18:17:01 PST
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 2-Door 2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Convertible 63kmi
$13,751.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 12:25:41 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 61,565 Miles LeMans Blue Metallic 2dr Car 8 Cylinder
$26,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
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1972 Chevrolet C-10 Cheyenne 1972 Chevy SHORT BOX RESTORED CLASSIC AIR COND. FRESH
$10,101.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 18:30:17 PST
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