billionaire, the head of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, believes that in 50 years, humanity will face changes in technology, space travel, and DNA research.
“What will happen in 50 years is difficult to foresee. There will be big changes in technology, space travel, DNA research,” Musk said at the Russian New Knowledge marathon via video link.
introduced a special version of the Model S electric car called Plaid. Its maximum speed is 321 km per hour, and acceleration to hundreds takes about 2 seconds. The presentation of the new electric car was led by the founder and head of the company, Elon Musk.
For the future of “sustainable energy”, Musk said, it was necessary to create such a fast electric car, and now “it’s done, and electric cars can be the fastest and safest.” “With Plaid, we broke the“ two-second barrier ”(acceleration to 100 km per hour – editor’s note). None of the previously made electric cars have ever accelerated from zero to 60 miles per hour in two seconds, ”said Musk, who personally arrived in the new electric car for the presentation.
Tesla (founded as Tesla Motors) was incorporated on July 1, 2003 by Martin Eberhard and Mark Tarpenning. Ian Wright was the third Tesla employee to join a few months later. In February 2004, the three founders raised an investment of $ 7.5 million, with Elon Musk contributing $ 6.5 million. Musk became chairman of the board of directors and named Eberhard as CEO.
Tesla’s goal was to start with a premium sports car aimed at early adopters and then move on to more mainstream vehicles, including sedans and affordable compact cars. Tesla’s first prototypes were officially unveiled to the public on July 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California.
In 2006, Musk succeeded in raising $ 100 million through several rounds of funding from investment funds and well-known entrepreneurs (including the co-founders of Google). As a result, Tesla began production of its first Roadster in 2008.
According to Musk, the total power of the car is 1,020 horsepower, and the range is 627 kilometers on a single charge. You can replenish the battery charge for 300 kilometers in 15 minutes. Musk noted that 25 Model S Plaid cars have been shipped to customers, and by the end of the week, buyers will already receive hundreds of such electric cars.
In early April, Tesla reported record shipments in the first quarter of 2021 despite a semiconductor shortage due to logistical disruptions from the pandemic. The company delivered 184,800 vehicles to customers worldwide, up from 88,400 vehicles in the same period a year earlier.
Most of the deliveries fell on the “budget” Model 3 and Model Y – 182,780 electric vehicles, and the company noted an increased demand for the latter model in China. More expensive Model S and Model X were sold in 2020 in the first quarter of 2021.