Long term, we’ll have to wait and see.” In other Musk news… Musk Reads mailroom Milt Johnson writes: A company in Idaho had developed a solar material for use as a road surface.
Cybertruck alternatives suggested and Tesla wipers face legal issues. What about a Tesla boat? It’s Musk Reads: Tesla Edition #192.
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Musk quote of the week
“There’s no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term. Long term, we’ll have to wait and see.”
In other Musk news…
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Milt Johnson writes:
A company in Idaho had developed a solar material for use as a road surface. Have not heard anything about them recently so probably killed by their competitors.
panels are designed to be walked and driven on. The website boasts they have completed three funding contracts with the US Department of Transport. The firm’s also shows progress in successfully simulating 15 years of truck driving in three months. In a 2014 interview with , the Department of Transport’s Eric Weaver explained that he sees it as unlikely that the roads will all be paved with solar, but developments like these can lead to interesting byproducts. The big question, Weaver explained, is whether it’s as safe as asphalt. That could influence whether we hear more about the product in the future.
Terry McCormick writes:
It always enters my mind when I read of electric cars, motorcycles, bikes, scooters, and planes. Where are the battery-powered recreational boats?
The environmental value is obvious. No gasoline tanks or oil additives to leak into the water. Less noise pollution from the offtimes lengthy grinding of a reluctant engine and its subsequent grating roar. Less air pollution, including the smoke clouds from burning oil at the start.
A boat’s hull has ample room for batteries, the weight of which would help stabilize the craft. The deck space would be clean and could be made of solar panels. Gone would be things like massive outboards, nasty trolling motors, and gas tanks. There’d be more room for things like live wells, seating, and recreational gear. The electronics (GPS, remote control, radio, fish finder, etc) could all be integrated.
Sleek, powerful, quiet, fast, and most importantly, clean. Our waterways deserve no less and neither does the pro-electric recreational consumer.
A battery-powered boat seems like a logical step, and we covered some fascinating projects back in Musk Reads #123. You may be interested in the electric yacht that hit shores in November 2017, or the created by Jessica Minh Anh and the Race for Water in September 2019. While Tesla’s current master plan is focusing on ground-based transport, perhaps they could take to the seas in the next plan?
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Photo of the week
Reader Carter Brown shared this cool photo of a white Model 3 from above.