When I was in seventh grade, I made a presentation on renewable energy technology at the time and delivered it to my middle school science class. At that time, solar energy was prohibitively expensive, poorly distributed, and an impractical alternative to just paying your energy bill, even in the Sunshine State. Today, in my junior year of college, it is so cool to look at a company like SolarCity with awe and respect at how they have almost single-handedly transformed the solar power industry and made solar tech a viable option for our homes.
Tesla started once as an electric ultra-lux sports car company with the Tesla Roadster, of which they produced about 2500 models from 2008-2012.. From there, they introduced the comparatively less expensive and more widely available Model S sedan starting summer 2012 to now. After that, Tesla introduced the Model X, their electric SUV, in 2015. Finally, now in 2017, Tesla has released the Model 3, their cheapest, most consumer-friendly car to date. Let's take a look at Tesla's fleet as it exists now in Fall 2017.
Tesla, the world's foremost electric car company, is taking the renewable energy sector by storm. For decades, renewable energy has been scoffed at as a reliable means to power cars and homes because of excessive cost, lack of widespread availability, and distribution. Tesla already fought and beat this problem with the Tesla Models S and X -- relatively affordable ($60k+) consumer cars powered solely by electric motors and batteries. Throughout Tesla's adventures producing electric cars, a major issue they have encountered is the cost of lithium ion batteries. The Gigafactory is Tesla's gigantic solution.
In my last blog, I featured the Toyota Mirai, their self-proclaimed car of the future. In today's blog, we are going to take another glimpse at the future in discussing the Tesla Semi Truck. Although the idea of a Tesla Semi is still a whisper based off of a suggestion. In his Master Plan Deux, Elon Musk alluded to a "Tesla Semi". According to Musk, the Tesla Semi will be ready witin a few years.
I think that I am not alone in saying that reading that tweet just leaves you with a feeling of pause. Pause to realize that you just read a piece of history. Pause to realize that, in our lifetimes, we witnessed one of the most significant advancements in automobile technology since the invention of the Ford Model T. Pause to realize that we just read the death sentence of the gas-powered car -- potentially within our lifetimes. Pause to realize that Tesla finally listened to someone and designed a Model S body style that looks different from a Ford Taurus
Yesterday was a good day for SpaceX CEO Elon Musk! Musk, also the CEO of Tesla Motors and early founder of SolarCity, is a titan in the green energy industry and a true innovator in modern transportation technology. At 5:39pm, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral Florida. A mere 10 minutes later, the rocket successfully landed on a remote-controlled barge in the ocean.