Friday, August 04, 2017

Elon Musk's Vision Is Real

When Elon Musk announced he was going into the solar roofing business in October of 2016, he described a vision of the the future in which a Tesla Model 3 was in the garage, a Powerpack lithium-ion battery was on the garage wall, and a roof made of solar tiles powered the whole thing.

Less than a year later, the Powerpack is now available, Model 3 car shipments have started, and the first two Tesla solar roofs have been installed.

In short, the future is already here, even if it is not evenly distributed.

In other Elon news, it turns out that in 1949, German Rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun wrote a book about the colonization of Mars whose leader was named....Elon.

For his part, Elon Musk's SpaceX company plans to name the first of its many Mars-colonizing ships after "Heart of Gold," a spaceship in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Heart of Gold, of course, is the Neil Young album and soundtrack of my generation.

What many folks don't know is that Neil was a very early and enthusiastic proponent of electric cars, and the creator of LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental that was converted into one of the first hybrid cars.

You can learn more about Neil Young's LincVolt project here.

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