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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Planning for Electric Planes in Next 5 Years

Musk has long been talking about all modes of transport going electric at some point – except for rockets

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tech mogul Elon Musk has started discussing the possibility and potential of battery-powered electric airplanes and believes they could be viable in about five years.

This weekend, Musk updated his expected timeline for the energy density to improve enough to enable battery-powered airplanes, Electrek reported on Monday.

When a user questioned Musk, “Is it possible for planes to fly off of a battery? Or is there not a powerful enough battery yet?” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO replied, “Yes, but still a bit too limited on a range. That will change in coming years as battery energy density improves.”

Musk explained that jet fuel beats batteries when it comes to energy density, but the efficiency gains mean that so much energy potential is not needed, the report said.

“Jet (kerosene) has much higher energy density than Lithium-ion (Li-ion), but electric motors weigh much less and convert stored energy to motion better than combustion engines,” he wrote.

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

Musk estimated that Li-Ion batteries would need to achieve a 400 Wh/kg energy density in order for batteries to beat kerosene and his electric aircraft to be viable.

Today, battery cells with high cycles are achieving about 300 Wh/kg of energy density.

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Musk has long been talking about all modes of transport going electric at some point – except for rockets.

Years ago, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX even said that he had a design for electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft – though he never elaborated on plans to bring the aircraft to production, the report added. (IANS)

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Elon Musk Becomes Longest Serving CEO in Global Automotive Segment

Musk has repeatedly pushed workers to hit quarterly goals while managing all the extra production and delivery work piling up toward the end of a quarter

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

For many of us, Tesla is a new entrant in the global auto industry but Elon Musk has actually become the longest serving CEO in today’s automotive segment.

The feat was achieved when then-Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, serving as the German automaker’s CEO since 2006, retired in May this year, Teslarati reported on Wednesday.

Musk took over as the electric car maker’s CEO in 2008.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi saw veteran CEO Carlos Ghosn quitting over his alleged connection with a high-profile financial scandal.

Last month, Mitsubishi also announced the departure of its CEO Osamu Masuko.

BMW CEO Harald Kruger has also announced his retirement.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Many automakers have new CEOs and only Akio Toyoda of Toyota who joined in 2009 is close behind Musk.

Under Musk, Tesla is breaking all records. The electric car-maker achieved a record production of 87,048 vehicles and record deliveries of approximately 95,200 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019.

In the quarter (April-June 2019), Tesla produced new 72,531 Model 3 sedans and delivered 77,550 of those.

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In addition, 14,517 new Model SX cars were made and 17,650 of those were delivered.

Customer vehicles in transit at the end of the quarter were over 7,400.

Musk has repeatedly pushed workers to hit quarterly goals while managing all the extra production and delivery work piling up toward the end of a quarter. (IANS)