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Elon Msk Unveils Prototype of Underground Tunnel System

The company also intends to connect Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to the city centre, and Washington to Baltimore

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has unveiled a prototype of high-speed tunnel system to transport passengers in cabins or carry them in their own vehicles using car elevators — a solution to ease urban traffic congestion.

The test tunnel, which is nearly two kilometre long, was dug out in the basement of the SpaceX aerospace transport company’s headquarters in Hawthorne near Los Angeles, also founded by Musk.

Musk carried out the test run of one of the electric vehicles ideally able to reach 240 km per hour, faster than an underground train, although on Tuesday it did not exceed 80 kph, Efe news reported.

He said the cost of drilling undertaken by his Boring Company had been about $10 million, having used a combination of traditional machinery and cutting-edge technology to save time and money.

Musk’s vision is to develop a tunnel system that can be expanded and improved like an underground three-dimensional freeway system.

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Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel prototype. (VOA)

Inside the system would be high speed cabins with at least 16 passengers, or also private vehicles on a hydraulic system descending from surface to base, which will move through the tunnels using electric traction.

Travelling from central Los Angeles to LAX International Airport will take eight minutes, in a route that, with the usual congestion, normally takes between 40 to 80 minutes, the report said.

Beyond this prototype, the initial project proposal for Los Angeles will not be to its airport, but a line called “Dugout Loop” that will transport residents of Los Angeles to Dodgers Stadium from different neighbourhoods of the city.

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The initial capacity of the system would be to transport some 1,400 people per event, equivalent to 2.5 per cent of the stadium’s 56,000-spectator capacity. Musk said the figures could double up to 2,800.

The company also intends to connect Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the city centre, and Washington to Baltimore.

The futuristic dream promises to bring about a revolution in the transport system in big cities around the world. (IANS)

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Elon Musk Relaunches Tesla Solar Panel Business

In June, Musk tweeted that he hoped to manufacture about 1,000 solar rooftops a week by the end of 2019

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has relaunched Tesla’s solar panel services, claiming that it could save a user about $500 a year.

Musk took to Twitter on Sunday to ask followers what they thought about the relaunch.

“Lmk what you think,” wrote the entrepreneur with a link to the new website.

Besides California, solar panel rentals would be offered in Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico, Engadget reported on Sunday.

Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

According to Tesla’s website, one can rent solar power panels or solar roofs for as little as $50 a month and that cost included panel installation, hardware, and ongoing maintenance.

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Musk said consumers could cancel anytime, although according to the Tesla website, there was a $1,500 charge to remove panels and restore the roof to its previous condition.

In June, Musk tweeted that he hoped to manufacture about 1,000 solar rooftops a week by the end of 2019. (IANS)