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Hyperloop Designers

August 16, 2013 in EV Star of the Week, Hyperloop, Tesla

Hyperloop design Photo courtesy of Tesla

Hyperloop design
Photo courtesy of Tesla

The Hyperloop designers are the stars of the week.  The world needs sustainable EV mass transport, and this transport must be fast, convenient and affordable in order to displace traditional transport (cars, trains, planes and boats).  The Hyperloop is an extremely attractive prospect due to its potential to rapidly speed people and goods utilizing the power of the sun (solar panels above the transport tubes).  What is the Hyperloop design?

Mr. Elon Musk stated (Tesla Blog): “Hyperloop consists of a low pressure tube with capsules that are transported at both low and high speeds throughout the length of the tube.  The capsules are supported on a cushion of air, featuring pressurized air and aerodynamic lift.  The capsules are accelerated via a magnetic linear accelerator affixed at various stations on the low pressure tube with rotors contained in each capsule.  Passengers may enter and exit Hyperloop at stations located either at the ends of the tube, or branches along the tube length.”

The United States has been dragging an imported oil barrel down highway 101 for decades, and the clanking noise of the drum has been getting louder as the barrel has been depleted.  The days of cheap oil are gone, which gives the US an opportunity to lead with this new EV mass transport idea, Hyperloop.

Hyperloop design Image courtesy of Tesla

Hyperloop design
Image courtesy of Tesla

Mr. Elon Musk continued (Tesla Blog): “The system consists of capsules that travel between Los Angeles, California, and San Francisco, California. The total trip time is approximately half an hour, with capsules departing as often as every 30 seconds from each terminal and carrying 28 people each.  This gives a total of 7.4 million people each way that can be transported each year on Hyperloop.  The total cost of Hyperloop in this analysis is under $6 billion USD.  Amortizing this capital cost over 20 years and adding daily operational costs gives a total of about $20 USD (in current year dollars) plus operating costs per one-way ticket on the passenger Hyperloop.”

This transport technology would be a game changer.  Who would fly?  By the time you got settled in an airline seat, you could be at your destination via Hyperloop.  In commerce, your product could arrive at its destination quicker, facilitating business.  The long-term benefits of Hyperloop are innumerable …


Tesla Finishing Quarter Strong, Looking Poised

March 22, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

Tesla Model S Photo courtesy of Tesla

Tesla Model S
Photo courtesy of Tesla

According to a blog post by George Blankenship of Tesla, the company has been delivering more than 500 vehicles per week for the last three weeks, and the company expects to hit another record this week.  Obviously, the company has been making an effort to deliver a profitable quarter.  Of course, we have to wait some time before the actual results when the company reports quarterly financials.  Tesla stock (TSLA) closed today at $36.62 per share, up 1.69% on the day.

Most importantly, Mr. Blankenship added more detail on Supercharger station developments.  He stated: “We will be adding Supercharger coverage in many areas over the next three to four months, installing our first Superchargers in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Illinois, and Florida with additional coverage in the Northeast and California.  We’re also expanding existing locations like Harris Ranch, where we’re adding five more Superchargers in the next month.  Supercharging is the perfect way to visit out of town friends and family, and remember, it’s always free!”

The company has recently added a new store in Austin, Texas, and two more stores are coming, one in Los Angeles (Century City) and one in Miami.  Another forty test drive vehicles will be added shortly for various stores and events.  The entire blog post by Mr. Blankenship was very positive, leaving the impression that the company is executing on plan.  Let’s hope the momentum continues.  Tesla is truly driving change with its Model S and free Supercharging stations.  It is a remarkable story.